The one Moncton Wildcat that no one is talking about is on the cusp of becoming very valuable asset.
Wildcats beat reporter Neil Hodge wrote an nice article on Connor Richard about a month ago which was great to see, but Richard’s play since then has gotten even better.
Sure he hasn’t figured in any scoring, but one must look beyond the stat sheet in order to see the former Saint John Vito’s and Campbellton Tiger’s true impact.
You see Connor Richard is an honest player and honest players don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
Richard is a skilled two-way forward who isn’t shy mixing it up physically while possessing slick puck skills, an accurate shot and very good offensive instincts.
Richard is only ten games into his QMJHL career, but there’s no question the kid from Quispamsis, New Brunswick is very close to breaking through offensively.
Richard is coming off a stellar season with the Tigers where he scored 16 goals and 21 assists in 47 games.
The speedy winger has certainly earned the trust of Cats Head Coach Daniel Lacroix over the first month of the season.
Richard has found himself primarily in the Cats bottom six, but there’s a strong sense that he could be moving up the depth charts if his inspired play continues.
Richard possesses exceptional speed and doesn’t back down when it comes to going to the dirty areas of the ice.
The gritty winger has had his chances, but there’s no doubt he will start capitalizing on those.
It’s really just a matter of time.
Every rookie must find their way in the league and place on their hockey club.
Richard is a quick study, and he’s really close to becoming a offensive threat not because of the aforementioned skills and talent, but because of his work ethic and compete level.
That’s what makes Richard’s story so intriguing.
Every time he steps on the ice he competes, generates chances, he doesn’t try to be something he’s not, he competes for every puck in all three zones.
Simply put Connor Richard has been all over it and good things happen when he’s on the ice.
He plays with the same passion and determination in all three zones.
Richard isn’t content in playing on the perimeter and when all things fall into place which will happen sooner than later Richard will put up points at a very solid pace.
It’s just a matter of time before everyone will be talking about Connor Richard and what a fantastic pick up he was for the Moncton Wildcats.