Claude Giroux through the decade
It may slip the minds of many because time goes by so quickly, but Claude Giroux has been in Philadelphia for quite some time. In fact, he's currently the longest-tenured active athlete in the city. Since his career started, Giroux has made his mark in Flyers history and will go down as an all-time great who represented the orange and black.
Let's take a look back at his influential decade to see just how much of an impact he has had.
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The 2009-10 season was Giroux's first full season in the league and what a way to start off a career. Through the 82-game season, Giroux had 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists). But the most impressive part was his stellar performance in the postseason. Once the postseason kicked off, there was no stopping Giroux. Through the 23 games played, he had 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists).
His best and one of the most notable goals of the season came in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime.
Philadelphia found quite the special player in Giroux and the best part was — he was just getting started.
After his first full season (and then some) representing the orange and black, Giroux started the upward trend of becoming an assist machine in the league. He added on 20 more assists from the previous season and ended the year with 76 points, hitting the quarter mark in goals with 25 and 51 assists.
With his hustle and ability to find his linemates with ease on the rush, Giroux led the team in assists and overall points by eight. Who were the three right behind him? Danny Briere (68), Jeff Carter (66) and Mike Richards (66).
This became the first of a four-season run in which he led the Flyers in overall points.
Giroux reached new heights in his career with a 93-point (28 goals, 65 assists) season, but what was more impressive were the numbers he was able to put up in the postseason.
Even though the Flyers' playoff run was cut short that year, playing only 10 games, Giroux finished fourth in points in the playoffs with 17 (eight goals, nine assists). The three players above him — Dustin Brown (20), Anze Kopitar (20) and Ilya Kovalchuk (19) — all played at least twice as many games.
A league-wide lockout didn’t give NHL fans too much to look forward to during the first half of the season but it was well worth the wait for Giroux. On Jan. 13, 2013, just seven days after the lockout was over, the Flyers announced that No. 28 would be named the 19th captain in franchise history.
Through the shortened 48-game season, Giroux averaged a point per game with 13 goals and 35 assists.
Before the start of the 2013-14 season and after being named captain in the previous season, Giroux was due for a nice, shiny contract. Giroux and the Flyers agreed to an eight-year deal that would take effect at the start of the 2014-15 season worth $66.2 million.
Now, back to a full slate of 82 games for the season and the captain was ready to keep things rolling. He finished third in the league in points with 86 (28 goals, 58 assists), behind Ryan Getzlaf (87) and Sidney Crosby (104).
For the second time in his career, Giroux had back-to-back seasons with 25 or more goals. This was also the first time in four seasons in which he averaged under a point per game, but still, he managed to be second in assists and goals on the team.
While it wasn't a top-tiered season for the captain, he still managed a 67-point season (22 goals, 25 assists).
But, skills that we already knew he had were on full display when he was featured in a video with GoPro. It almost looks like a computer simulation since he avoids the obstacles with such ease. Check it out.
And if you wanted to watch more of that (because why wouldn't you?) you can watch Giroux's other video here.
This was a season that Flyers fans wouldn’t mind forgetting if they could … Giroux ended the season with just 58 points (14 goals, 44 assists), which was his worst season dating back to his rookie year in terms of points per game.
It seemed like this was the season Giroux flew under the radar for most of the NHL — which was odd — considering he ended his season with a hefty 102 points (34 goals, 68 assists).
One of his most notable games came in Game 82 when the Flyers hosted the New York Rangers. If the Flyers won, they would be heading to the playoffs for the sixth time that decade. Though the Rangers didn’t have the best showing that year, ending with only 77 points, it didn’t take away from the fact that Giroux single-handedly led his team to the postseason with a hat trick.
The Hart Trophy is an award that is given annually to a player that is deemed the most valuable to his team. Giroux was snubbed from winning and deserved much more recognition for his century season. At least the captain is well-respected in Philadelphia.
Coming off of a 100-point season, it’s nearly impossible to recreate those kind of numbers in the league in this day and age … unless you’re Connor McDavid, but Giroux still found a way to produce at a consistent rate. Averaging just over a point per game with 1.04, he tallied 22 goals and 63 assists, with a team-best 85 points.
From the start of the 2010-11 season through now, Giroux has played the seventh-most games in the league (731), leads the NHL in power play points (227) and overall assists (491), is fourth overall in points (713) and averages just under a point per game at .98. There also wasn’t a single season through the decade in which Giroux’s faceoff percentage fell under 50 percent.
That’s elite. No matter which way you look at it.