Weight: 172 lbs.
Cap Hit: $3.75 M
13 G, 35 A, 48 Pts
By some people’s standards, Giroux had a down year registering 13 goals and 35 assists for 48 points in 48 games. Being a point-per-game player is not too shabby but he did see a drop-off in his point production from 2011-12 when he scored 28 goals and had 65 assists in 77 games for an average of 1.20 points per game.
The loss of Jaromir Jagr to the Dallas Stars in free agency was attributed to Giroux’s downfall in production but that may not be the case.
Jagr put up good numbers in Philadelphia scoring 19 goals while dishing out 35 assists for 54 points in 73 games for the orange and black which comes out to .73 points per game. He was replaced by Jakub Voracek who scored 22 goals and dished out 24 assists for 46 points in 48 games which comes out to .96 points per game. Giroux actually received more point support from his right wing last season than the year before.
Now the difference is in what happens on Giroux’s left side. In 2011-12, Scott Hartnell scored 37 goals while playing on Giroux’s line with Jagr. Hartnell broke his foot in the third game of the season last season which forced coach Peter Laviolette to juggle the lines on a near daily basis. The lack of consistency on the top line could’ve played a role in the dip in points for Giroux.
Or it could just be that other teams paid closer attention to him in their defensive strategy.
Whatever the cause, the Flyers need Giroux to return to form that made him one of the top five players in the NHL. The team will only go as far as Giroux will take them (with some aid from the defense and goaltending) but look no further than the new "Shift" against the Penguins in 2012. Hartnell is healthy again to be put on the top line to give him that offensive weapon once again.
He will be sidelined with a finger injury after shattering a golf club that severed some tendons in his finger. Luckily for the Flyers, Giroux is focused on coming back in the NHL soon and doing everything he can to make that a reality - including skipping the Canadian Olympic Camp.
Giroux is the Flyers heart and soul - they need him to return to super-stardom.
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