Anthony Richard

Hometown:

Trois-Rivieres Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-12-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2015

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

4th round (100th overall), 2015

Weight:

163 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Anthony Richard made his debut in Quebec Midget AAA as a 14-year-old  — skating in 41 regular season games and eight playoff contests of the Trois-Rivieres Estacades. He scored 11 goals with 17 assists and 50 penalty minutes during the regular season. Trois-Rivieres reached the QMAAA semifinals, falling to College Esther-Blondin. Richard scored 3 goals with 5 assists and 14 penalty minutes in the playoffs. Richard was selected by Val-d’Or in the first round (16th overall) in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. 

2012-13: Richard made Val-d’Or out of training camp and was one of the QMJHL’s youngest players. He appeared in 42 regular season games and nine playoff contests; skating in 12 midget games with Trois-Rivieres. Richard played for Canada Quebec in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 6 goals with 2 assists and was -5 with 15 penalty minutes during the regular season as the Foreurs finished fourth in the West Division, reaching the second round in the playoffs. Richard was -1 with 1 assist and 5 penalty minutes in the playoffs.  In midget AAA play with the Estacades he scored 9 goals with 6 assists and 8 penalty minutes. Richard scored 1 goal with 10 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC for Canada Quebec. 

2013-14: Richard was one of seven Foreurs to top 50 points as high-scoring Val-d’Or finished first in the West Division and captured the QMJHL playoff championship to reach the Memorial Cup. In 66 regular season games he scored 25 goals with 27 assists and was +4 with 49 penalty minutes. After finishing with the league’s third-best record, the Foreurs rolled to the playoff finals, defeating Baie-Comeau, 4-3, in the decisive seventh game. Richard scored 10 goals with 7 assists and was +9 with 12 penalty minutes in 24 QMJHL playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes in four games at the Memorial Cup. 

2014-15: Richard led Val-d’Or in scoring in his third QMJHL season and represented the QMJHL in the two Subway Series games against Russia in November. He scored 43 goals with 48 assists in 66 regular season games and was -9 with 78 penalty minutes. Val-d’Or finished second in the West Division before reaching the playoff semifinals, falling to Rimouski in four games. Richard scored 12 goals with 10 assists and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. He scored 1 goal and was +2 for the QMJHL all-stars against Russia. Richard was ranked 77th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was invited to the 2015 NHL Prospects Combine. He was selected by Nashville in the fourth round (100th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Richard is a small but skilled scoring center who plays with some feistiness. He has the speed and awareness to get into the dangerous scoring areas with the requisite stick handling and passing/shooting skills necessary to create chances. His lack of size is sometimes an issue in the smaller areas and his defensive game in terms of consistency is still developing.

Future

Richard will attend his first training camp with the Predators in 2015 before returning to Val-d'Or for his fourth QMJHL season. He has been a dominant scorer on one of the top teams in junior hockey and has shown the ability to overcome his lack of stature. As with any smaller player, Richard faces the challenge of making the jump from junior to pro hockey. The Nashville organization has shown a willingness to give talented smaller players an opportunity if they can skate and have offensive skill. Long-term Richard projects as a scoring line second or third line center. His ability to play in all three zones will determine whether he reaches that potential.

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