Felix Girard
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Felix Girard

Hometown:

Quebec City Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1994-05-09

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

4th round (95th overall), 2013

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Girard is not the most naturally explosive and noticeable forward, which is part of the reason he was passed over in the 2012 draft, but he makes up for it with hard work. Girard is a good solid defensive oriented center and while he is undersized plays a gritty and blue collar game. His skating is his best asset and he utilizes it to get in hard on the forecheck and pressure opposing defenseman. He can kill penalties and takes big draws for Baie-Comeau of the Q. His leadership qualities have also come to the forefront in his later years in juniors. His offensive upside is a little limited, but there is plenty of potential for him given his style of game.

 

Future

Girard had an explosive offensive year with Baie-Comeau in 2012-13, with 61 points in 58 games. He still will likely lack the offensive results at the NHL but Girard has a ton of intangibles that make him a desirable bottom line forward. He is playing in his final season of juniors and will be a welcome addition to Milwaukee. He is a player that perfectly exemplifies the hard work and blue-collar game that Nashville plays.

 

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