After a slow start the the 2013-14 season, both Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers have turned things around. Giroux specifically has 38 points, 12 of which have come on goals, putting him on pace to fall just short of the 48 points he racked up in last seasons’ lockout-shortened 48 game season.
It’s not that the nearly 75 points that Giroux is on pace for aren’t very good, but those are star numbers, not superstar numbers. Just two seasons ago, Giroux appeared on pace to be the leagues’ next superstar, tallying 28 goals and 65 assists, for a total of 93 points. Based off of Giroux’s current pace, those numbers seem like outliers in a career year, rather than the breakout season for the next face of the league.
Perhaps the greatest sign that perspective on Giroux has changed both locally and nationally, came today when Giroux was left off the Canadian Olympic roster, which he once seemed like a lock to be on.
Of course in Philadelphia we have a great consolation prize, and I mean this in the most condescending way possible, as our old pal Jeff Carter was selected to the team.
Here is the full Canadian Olympic roster, courtesy of Pro Hockey Talk.
Forwards (14): Jamie Benn, Patrice Bergeron,Jeff Carter, Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz, Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Corey Perry, Patrick Sharp, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Jonathan Toews
Defense (8): Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Doughty,Dan Hamhuis, Duncan Keith, Alex Pietrangelo,P.K. Subban, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Shea Weber
Goalies (3): Roberto Luongo, Carey Price, Mike Smith