Grading the 2010 Flyers: Claude Giroux

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 02: Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates after scoring a goal against Antti Niemi #31 of the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime to win 4-3 in Game Three of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Grade:  B-
09/10 Salary: $821,666
10/11 Cap Hit: $821,667
10/11 Salary: $821,666
Linemates: 18.42% Simon Gagne and Mike Richards
Depth Chart Ranking: #3 Center

[ Hockey Reference Player Page ]


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG GWG TOI/G FO% SOG PCT
2009 - Claude Giroux 82 16 31 47 -9 23 8 2 16:36 49.5 145 11.0


TOI/60 QualComp QualTeam G/60 PTS/60 GFON/60 GAON/60 OZS% Fen% Cor% PTake/60 PDraw/60
AdvancedStats 12.38 0.041 0.030 0.47 1.48 2.13 2.54 50.6 0.518 0.504 0.4 1.1


Alright, let's be honest here for a second. Claude Giroux didn't really have a great season last year.

I know, 47 points for a second-year player isn't terrible, and maybe our expectations for G are a little out there this early in his career, but how can they not be when he does stuff like this and this? Or this or this or this or this?

You get the point.

I'm expecting Giroux to have a breakout season in 2010-11, but that's only if a few things improve from last season. Most importantly, Giroux needs to play with some better linemates. I know that it says above that his most frequent linemates were Richards and Gagne, but we know how much time he spent on the third line last season.

Playing with a rookie who's not on the same page yet and a grinder who just simply can't keep up are not the best ways to utilize Giroux's talents. James van Riemsdyk will improve this season, and if they're still playing together, G will reap those benefits as well.

For now, though, if we're grading Claude Giroux's 2009-10 season, a B- is really the best we can do. (Okay, maybe we can give him an A+ for closing out Game 7 against Boston on his own, but whatever.) It's not all his fault, but a player with the skills he has should be having a much better year on the score sheet. Expect it this season.

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