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Fantasy Summary

Defensive-minded blue-liner with size and range. Some flashes of puck skills, but nothing that screams top-four producer. Likely a shutdown 4-6 D at the next level.


Observations

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May 2022 – After being selected 101st-overall in the 2021 NHL Draft, Richard took the NCAA route with the Providence Friars and has had a decent freshman season, especially for a mid-round pick. The prospect went from scoring two goals and 12 assists in 46 games in the USHL with Tri-City the season before, to scoring three goals and 11 assists in 10 fewer games at the collegiate level this year. A massive production step-up for a blue-liner whose strongest attribute is his defensive acumen.

Aggressive, proactive and composed off the puck, Richard excels at defending the rush and boxing out the net-front. Although his puck retrievals leave him vulnerable to strong forecheckers at times, he can make good decisions when he has runway ahead of him to think and find the right play. He can catch passes in movement and join the rush quite well, but seems tentative at times in the offensive zone. He also ended his freshman year as the Friars’ runaway leader in plus-minus, wit