Samuel Girard
Samuel Girard
22-Year-Old DefensemanD
Colorado Avalanche
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.
Supplies two more assists
DColorado Avalanche
January 15, 2021
Girard had a pair of assists and a team-high seven shots on goal in Friday's 8-0 win over the Blues.
ANALYSIS
There's plenty of talent to go around on the Colorado blue line, but Girard is right in the mix with three assists through the first two games of the year. He's added 10 shots and a pair of hits. Cale Makar may be the flashy talent, but Girard is a steady option as well at 22 years old, and could exceed a 0.5 points-per-game average in 2020-21.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:10
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:56
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:28
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
19:54
2:02
0:08
2019–20
21:19
2:24
0:06
2020–21
22:10
2:56
0:28
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Offers power-play helper
DColorado Avalanche
January 13, 2021
Girard posted a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Blues.
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Ten points in postseason
DColorado Avalanche
September 2, 2020
Girard produced an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Stars in Game 6.
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Slings assist
DColorado Avalanche
August 31, 2020
Girard had an assist, three shots on goal and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 6-3 win over the Stars in Game 5.
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Produces pair of helpers
DColorado Avalanche
August 22, 2020
Girard recorded two assists in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Stars in Game 1.
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Strikes on power play
DColorado Avalanche
August 19, 2020
Girard scored a power-play goal on his only shot in Wednesday's 7-1 win over Arizona in Game 5. He also added two hits and blocked a shot.
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