Future Watch: Samuel Girard Rookie Hockey Cards, Avalanche – Samuel Girard was drafted by the Nashville Predators with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. At 5-10, 162 pounds, this speedy defenseman probably should have been a first-round selection, but some teams were worried about how he played in his own end.
For three seasons in the QMJHL, Girard piled up some points for the Shawinigan Cataractes. He had 192 points in 190 games; for a defenseman these numbers are special.
At the end of the 2017 season this blueliner got in six regular season games in the AHL for the Milwaukee Admirals and two playoff games. Girard was about to turn pro and he was going to try and crack a solid Predators defense core.
He managed to get in five games in Nashville, scoring three points in five games. In November, the Predators acquired talented center, Kyle Turris from the Avalanche and Girard was a piece in this deal. He was off to Colorado.
Girard found a home in Colorado playing in 68 games while tallying 20 points. He managed to see the ice in three playoff games as well. About to turn 20, most would say he’s way ahead of schedule.
Here’s a look at his first Avs goal:
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