The Nashville Predators have selected defenseman Samuel Girard with their second round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft. Following in the footsteps of yesterday‘s first round selection of Dante Fabbro the Predators have made it two-for-two in drafting defensemen.
Notes via Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects:
A flashy offensive defenceman who takes advantage of opportunities and is always looking to make an impact each shift. Works very hard and isn’t afraid to play the body. Skates with exceptional exuberance and fluidity. Accurate release on his shot and a good eye for open passing lanes. Proactive defensively and puts the pressure on the opposition. Needs to have a more active stick and a more felt presence in shooting lanes, but he has shown a willingness to learn, and these skills will develop. All-in-all, an exciting offensive defenceman who displays noteworthy offensive and defensive instincts.
Girard plays for the Shawinigan Cataractes in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and was named the 2016 QMJHL Defenseman of the Year and the 2016 CHL Sportsman of the Year. He scored 74 points (10 goals, 64 assists) in 67 games for Shawinigan last season as well as 22 points (2 goals, 20 assists) in 21 playoff games. You can read up on other insights on Girard here courtesy of Jeremy K. Gover on 102.5 The Game.
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