Samuel Girard

Samuel Girard

23-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
Day-To-Day
Injury Upper Body
Est. Return 10/30/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Let Cale Makar take the spotlight on the Avalanche's blue line -- Girard is just fine going under the radar. The 23-year-old chipped in 32 points (five goals, 27 assists) in just 48 games last season while seeing 23:13 of ice time per game. The Quebec native is a capable puck-mover in his own right on a team with no shortage of talented defensemen. Over the course of a full season, Girard should be able to surpass 40 points with a chance at 50-plus. He's also good for a blocked shot per game and some second-unit power-play production, with a chance to step into a significant role should Makar be sidelined for any reason. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $35 million contract extension with the Avalanche in July of 2019.
Still sidelined
DColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
October 27, 2021
Girard (upper body) won't play Thursday versus St. Louis, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Girard will miss a second straight contest Thursday, but he's still considered day-to-day with his upper-body issue, so he could be ready to return as soon as Saturday versus Minnesota. Once cleared to play, Girard will return to a top-four role for the Avalanche.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:01
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:22
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:52
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
21:19
2:24
0:06
2020–21
23:13
2:16
1:24
2021–22
21:01
2:22
0:52
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Won't play Tuesday
DColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
October 26, 2021
Girard (upper body) won't be available for Tuesday's game versus Vegas, NHL.com's Rick Sadowski reports.
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Considered day-to-day
DColorado Avalanche
Undisclosed
October 25, 2021
Girard (undisclosed) was labeled day-to-day by coach Jared Bednar ahead of Tuesday's matchup with Vegas, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Hurt late Saturday
DColorado Avalanche
Undisclosed
October 23, 2021
Girard (undisclosed) was injured on a hit by Steven Stamkos in overtime of Saturday's game versus the Lightning. Coach Jared Bednar didn't have an update on Girard's status after the game, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Helps on long goal
DColorado Avalanche
October 22, 2021
Girard had one assist, one shot on goal, two hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Panthers.
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Slides helper Saturday
DColorado Avalanche
October 16, 2021
Girard notched an assist in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Blues.
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