The Nashville Predators have assigned defenseman Samuel Girard to the Milwaukee Admirals. The 18-year old just completed his third junior playing season with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL.
Girard was selected forty-seventh overall in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Predators. In his junior career he has produced 192 points (24 goals, 168 assists) in 190 games with a plus/minus rating of +65 and 47 penalty minutes. His most recent season saw him tally 75 points (9 goals, 66 assists) in 59 games with a plus/minus +26 rating and 29 penalty minutes. His Cataractes were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs by Val-d’Or Foreurs in a six game series. Girard added 9 points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 5 games during that series.
While only standing at 5’10” Girard has all the tools to be a special player. He has already gained numerous individual accolades in juniors such as the CHL Sportsman of the Year, QMJHL Defenseman of the Year (Emile Bouchard Trophy), QMJHL Most Sportsmanlike Player (Frank J. Selke Trophy), and QMJHL Defensive Rookie of the Year (Raymond Lagacé Trophy). The growing trend in hockey has seen a shift away from size and strength to speed and skill. Girard has plenty of speed and loads of skill. He now looks to make a splash in his first taste of pro hockey starting in Milwaukee.
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