Samuel Girard
Samuel Girard
23-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 5/12/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Girard had his best season yet in 2019-20, tying his career highs in goals (four) and power-play points (13) while setting a new personal best in assists (30) in 70 games. The 21-year-old is locked into a top-four role and a spot on the Avalanche's second power-play unit heading into 2020-21 - he averaged 21:19 of ice time per contest last year. Girard should only continue to improve in his fourth full NHL season, which means a five-goal, 40-point pace is certainly in reach. That sort of production will make him a solid fourth or fifth option at defense for virtual managers and worthy of a mid-to-late round pick in this year's drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $35 million contract extension with the Avalanche in July of 2019.
Could return before playoffs
DColorado Avalanche
Undisclosed
May 6, 2021
Girard (undisclosed) could be ready to return Wednesday or next Thursday against the Kings, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Girard has missed Colorado's last three games with an undisclosed issue, but it sounds like he could be back for a contest or two before postseason play gets underway. He's racked up 31 points through 46 games this season.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    23:19
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:18
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:24
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
19:54
2:02
0:08
2019–20
21:19
2:24
0:06
2020–21
23:19
2:18
1:24
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Girard is locked in as a top-pairing defenseman for the Avalanche. Last season, the Quebec native converted four goals on 116 shots, and he supplied 23 assists -- including nine on the power play. An upper-body injury limited Girard in the playoffs, but he found his way once he had the chance to partner with rookie sensation Cale Makar in the conference semifinal series against the Sharks. Since Tyson Barrie has taken his talents to Toronto, this figures to be the year that Girard averages more than 20 minutes of ice time. There should be a lot of attention on the 21-year-old since he procured a seven-year, $35 million contract, but consider taking the bait if it looks like he'll slip to the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Part of a blockbuster deal that sent Matt Duchene to the Senators last season, Girard immediately stepped into a contributing role for the Avalanche in 2017-18. The rookie dished out 17 assists in his first NHL campaign, adding three goals of his own to finish the campaign with 20 points. His minus-8 rating suggests Girard has some work to do on the defensive end of the ice, but the 20-year-old should continue to round out the edges as he develops. He remains a key contributor on the power play, where he notched 12 of his points last season. That will likely remain central to his production in 2018-19.
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Expected to miss two weeks
DColorado Avalanche
Undisclosed
May 1, 2021
Girard (undisclosed) is expected to be out two weeks, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Missing Saturday's game
DColorado Avalanche
Undisclosed
May 1, 2021
Girard (undisclosed) will not be available for Saturday's game against San Jose, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Injured Friday
DColorado Avalanche
Undisclosed
April 30, 2021
Girard (undisclosed) left Friday's game against San Jose and did not return, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
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Sends assist Monday
DColorado Avalanche
April 12, 2021
Girard posted an assist and three blocked shots in Monday's 4-2 win over the Coyotes.
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Hands out pair of apples
DColorado Avalanche
April 5, 2021
Girard collected two assists and three shots Monday in a 5-4 win over Wild.
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