Giroux has been on absolute fire lately and boy is it fun to watch. He is currently sitting at 37 points on the season in 39 games played as well as being on a 9 game point streak (17 points in that span), which is a career high for him. Not only is he playing exceptionally well, some of his goals have been game changing. Most notably the game winner against Columbus, which was just unreal and should be in the consideration for goal of the year. He has just been an all around great player for the Flyers and his early season struggles seem far, far away.
It is great to see the captain play the way he has been and to see the team rally around him to win hockey games. It is hard to deny that Giroux is an amazing player and he has asserted himself as someone who can shoulder the team and make the big plays when the game is on the line. Those are the lofty expectations that we as a fan base have expected of him and it is great to have a player of his caliber leading the Flyers.
Giroux’s recent play makes a strong case for his inclusion on Team Canada for the Winter Olympics. He has gotten hot at the right time and I think his recent play should out way the early season struggles. The issue with Team Canada, at least for Giroux, is that they have so much depth at center that the only way Claude receives a spot would be in a winger position. I do think Giroux could play very well on the wing, but aside from a strictly positional stand point he also brings competent PK ability and defensive zone responsibility, as well as being a reliable faceoff man. We will know shortly if he makes the roster.
Things are looking up for the Flyers as their season nears the halfway point and if they are able to land a playoff spot after there abysmal start, it will make for a great story about the grit and resilience of this team. On top of that, we will be able to look back on the season and mark Giroux’s play as the catalyst that lifted the Flyers.