I’m not sure how I missed profiling Claude Giroux, but since NHL 13 has come out and Giroux won the cover athelte fan vote, I think it’s appropriate to finally profile the future Flyers captain.
Giroux played for the Cumerland Grads and The Gatineau Olympiques before getting drafted into the NHL in 2006. He played in only five games for the Philadelphia Phantoms before playing two games for the Flyers in 2007. He went back and forth between the two teams, but in 2009 he began to show why he was drafted to Philadelphia in the first place. In those past three season he’s started to win over the fans, but most especially in this most recent season.
With Chris Pronger most likely retiring over his unfortunate injury, we here on BSB have talked about who we think should be given the C. My vote is for Giroux, which clearly does not need much explanation, but here’s why. Giroux had a ridiculous season with Flyers. He’s racked up his points at 93, making him the best player for the team and 3rd in the league. He has a career high of 28 goals and 65 assists. Five of those goals have been game winning goals. He’s making waves for the team .
Giroux has started to gain attention with not only Philly fans but the NHL in general. Which is clear when it was annouced that he won the cover of NHL 13. He’s only 24 so he has so much potential to show as his career continues. Especially when you consider that Jagr nicknamed him “Little Mario”.
I refer to him as the future captain, because he has already shown that he has leadership on the ice. He knows what he’s doing when he’s on the ice and he knows how to work off his teammates to create good moves. He’s trying to earn the C rather than just have it handed to him. If the organization doesn’t announce Giroux has captain for next season, it is only a matter of time. I foresee him being on the Flyers for a long time to come.