With the Milwaukee Admirals set to face the Lake Erie Monsters once again tonight my plan isn’t to plunge back into pre-game material but keep going with Fifteen. There will be plenty to keep your eyes peeled for information wise on our social media during the build up to game-time but, for now, let’s have some fun with a member of the French Fries!
Félix Girard‘s junior playing career was entirely spent with Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). The team was a five-hour trek North-East of where Girard grew up in Lévis, Quebec, Canada. He was named team captain for the 2012-13 season and was drafted by the Nashville Predators the next summer as the ninety-fifth selection of the 2013 NHL Draft.
After signing his three-year entry level contract in mid-April of 2014 Girard was primed for his debut season of professional hockey. His 2014-15 season was spent entirely with the Milwaukee Admirals at the American Hockey League (AHL) level where he would play 61 games, score 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists), hold a plus/minus of -9, and total up 54 penalty minutes.
As far as Girard’s growth from his rookie to sophomore season is concerned the best word to use would be consistency. Girard was one of the Admirals top penalty killers a season ago but would come and go during the run of even strength play. This season he has transcended his incredible work rate on the penalty kill and has been a go-to option for the Admirals whenever they need a win from a defensive zone face-off. He has been money in that respect.
It looks as if Girard plays the game more direct this season. He is a very no nonsense player, is highly responsible and intelligent on and off the puck, and has been a great table setter for the forward groups behind him as he is typically stationed on the lower lines for the Admirals. Girard has already eclipsed his points total from last season by tallying 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) from 55 games and has also seen improvements to both his plus/minus (-1) and penalty minutes (35). In short, there hasn’t been any sort of sophomore slump.
Girard is of course part of one of the tightest knit group of friends on the Admirals team which is entirely comprised of Quebec natives. The merry band known as the French Fries is consisted of Girard, Frédérick Gaudreau, Jimmy Oligny, and Jonathan Diaby. Right now there are three of the French Fries within the Admirals camp as Diaby, aka the Big Fry, currently finds himself logging minutes with the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL).
I was expecting some sort of an interview bomb during this interview with Girard and I have to admit there is one. It isn’t exactly from the source I was expecting though as neither Gaudreau or Oligny got in on the fun. Instead, someone at the BMO Harris Bradley Center decided it would be a perfect time to get paperwork done while listening to a Pink Floyd playlist using the full force of the arena’s sound equipment. So, apologies for the audio bombardment as we’re ticking away the moments that make up the dull day. Let’s instead have some fun with Mr. Girard.
Thank you very much to Félix Girard for taking the time to do this interview. Giant stink-eye to the pillock blasting Pink Floyd with no rhyme or reason directly following an Admirals practice. Tomorrow will be part-deux of the French Fries as Jimmy Oligny steps up for Fifteen. Beyond that, the list is at a standstill and the reserves of interviews is bare. The goal is to get every player featured first but, if that gets tight during the amount of road games this month, many have suggested front office staff they would like to hear from. That can – and will be done.
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