Courtesy of Providence Friars

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, with his plus-18 being eight points clear of any teammate, and nine points clear of the next blue-liner. Richard’s game will likely continue to revolve around his strong defensive play, but if he can somehow add some offensive punch to his game, he’ll project as a more complete defender. Hadi Kalakeche

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 10, 2003
Height 6‘2”
Weight 175 lbs
Drafted 2021 Round 4; Overall: 101

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Montréal Ice StormBrick Invitational6 0 00 2|        
 2016-2017 CMI M16LHPS M1625 6 1117 6|Playoffs8 0 66
 2017-2018 CMI M16LHPS M1626 8 1826 16|Playoffs6 1 34
  CMI M18 MajChallenge LHPS M181 0 00 0|        
 2018-2019 Séminaire St-François BlizzardQM18AAA38 7 2027 10|Playoffs8 2 35
  Team Québec CWG6 2 57 4|        
  Team Québec Blue QGC-165 0 00 0|        
 2019-2020 Rhode Island Saints 16U AAABEAST 16U7 2 35 6|Playoffs1 0 00
  Mount St. Charles Acad 16U AAA16U AAA36