2009-10: Felix Girard played for the Seminaire St-Francois Blissard in Quebec midget AAA hockey. He scored 7 goals with 11 assists and had 68 penalty minutes in 41 games. In three playoff games he scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had 15 penalty minutes. He was selected by Baie-Comeau in the second round (35th overall) of the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2010-11: Girard skated in 64 games for Baie-Comeau in his first QMJHL season and played for Canada Quebec in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was -11 with 37 penalty minutes for the Drakkar. Baie-Comeau missed the playoffs; finishing last in the East Division. Girard scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 6 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC.
2011-12: Girard returned to Baie-Comeau for his second season with the Drakkar and represented Canada in the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 6 goals with 15 assists in 60 games and was -4 with six penalty minutes. Baie-Comeau reached the playoffs in the re-aligned QMJHL despite again finishing last in the East Division and advanced to the second round. Girard played in all eight playoff games and scored 2 goals with 1 assist, finishing +2 with 14 penalty minutes. In five games at the U18 WJC he scored 1 goal and was -4 with 6 penalty minutes. Canada won a bronze medal. Girard was ranked 183rd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft but was not drafted.
2012-13: Girard had a breakout season offensively while competing all over the ice in his third season with Baie-Comeau. The Drakkar’s team captain, he was the team’s fifth-leading scorer with 23 goals and 38 assists in 58 games and was +18 with 58 penalty minutes. Baie-Comeau finished first in the East Division and reached the QMJHL Finals against Memorial Cup champion Halifax. Girard scored 4 goals with 11 assists and was +13 with 42 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. Not listed among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Girard was selected by Nashville in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Girard failed to match the offensive numbers he put up the previous season but received the Guy Carboneau award as the QMJHL’s top defensive forward for the second straight season while leading Baie-Comeau in penalty minutes. Skating in 58 of 68 games for the Drakkar, he scored 11 goals with 32 assists and was +30 with 130 penalty minutes. Baie-Comeau finished first in the East Division and reached the QMJHL finals against Val-d’Or. Girard scored four goals with eight assists and was plus-six with 43 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games.
2014-15: Girard skated for Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in his first pro season — enduring the fits and starts not uncommon for a 20-year-old making the jump from junior to pro hockey — before suffering a season-ending injury in March. Playing in mostly a lower line role for the Admirals, he scored 4 goals with 5 assists in 61 games and was -9 with 54 penalty minutes. Milwaukee finished fifth in the Midwest Division, missing the AHL playoffs.
Girard makes up for any offensive and technical skill shortcomings in his game with hard work. He is a defensive oriented center who is undersized but plays a gritty, blue collar game. He skates fast and plays hard on the forecheck and pressures opposing defensemen. Girard can kill penalties and takes big draws. He has leadership qualities and was a team captain for Baie-Comeau in his last two junior seasons. He steadily made the adjustment to pro hockey in his first season with Milwaukee.
Girard will attend training camp with the Predators and barring any major surprises will return to AHL affiliate Milwaukee to start the 2015-16 season. A defense-oriented forward with some offensive skills to his game, he will have to compete for a spot with the Admirals and could become caught in the numbers crunch with several minor pro veterans signed in the off-season. His role at the NHL level will be that of a hard-charging lower line forward with limited scoring ability that can provide toughness and work well against an opposing team's top line. His second pro season should give a clearer picture of how close he is to reaching that potential.