In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first NHL Draft, NHL.com has compiled a panel of 13 members to select the best pick at each spot in the draft leading up to the June 30th draft. The Flyers were awarded the best No. 24 pick in history when they took Mike Richards in 2003.
Now they are the first team to have two picks selected so far as Claude Giroux was voted the best No. 22 pick by 11 of the 13 members. Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle (2008) and Flyers forward Simon Gagne (1998) both received one vote apiece.
Giroux, 25, has averaged a point-per-game for each of the last two seasons, including last season in which he put up 93 points (28 goals, 65 assists) finishing third in the NHL in scoring despite missing four games with a concussion. Giroux has made his name in the NHL with his gifted hands and incredible vision in the offensive zone but has been equally as impressive defensively as he mans the top penalty kill unit for Peter Laviolette’s club.
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