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5 Reasons Why Claude Giroux Will Be Best Player In 2012-2013

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5 Reasons Why Claude Giroux Will The Best Player In NHL

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One of the best signs for the Philadelphia Flyers future was the development of Claude Giroux during the 2011-2012 season. The 2011-2012 season was one of the most unpredictable seasons in the National Hockey League that I have ever witnessed.

After GM Paul Holmgren and the Flyers made a couple of moves to get rid of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, they decided to add one of the most unpredictable signings in that offseason, Jaromir Jagr. Jagr came over to play in Philadelphia on a one-year contract. This contract was basically an audition for the future of his career.

Jagr has a huge impact on the Philadelphia Flyers, but most importantly, the development of the young Giroux. Giroux, up to last year, has had a great start to his career. In three year prior to 2011-2012, Giroux had recorded 150 points in 208 games with the Flyers. His playoff performances have not been overlooked. In 40 post season games, Giroux has put up 38 points. He was also a key contributor to the Flyers run to the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

After the acquisition of Jagr, Giroux's play began to sky rocket at a rapid pace. In 77 games with the Flyers during the 2011-2012 season, Giroux had 93 points. This season's playoff performance was Giroux's coming out party.

But now that Jagr has taken his historic NHL career to the Dallas Stars for the 2012-2013 season, Giroux will have a huge burden on his shoulders. This burden could make or break Giroux's career, especially in a city yearning for a championship victory. Jagr has given Giroux advice that will help him throughout the rest of his career, but what Jagr did not give Giroux are these next five attributes that will show why Giroux will be the next best NHL superstar in 2012-2013.

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5 Reasons Why Claude Giroux Will The Best Player In NHL: Crafty Vision

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When you have the ability to put up points in the NHL with assists, then you have a great chance at becoming an NHL superstar. Giroux has shown that he is not a shot-hogging player. In his four years as a NHL player, Giroux has 165 assists. which is an average of 41.25 assists per season. If Giroux recorded 65 assists in 2011-2012, then he is in store for a huge year in 2012-2013.

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5 Reasons Why Claude Giroux Will The Best Player In NHL: Physical Toughness

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One of the most alluring qualities that any Philadelphia sports fan looks for in a player is their ability to play bigger than they really are. Giroux stands at 5'11" and only weighs 172 pounds, but he plays with the tenacity as if he was 6'4" and 220 pounds. His physical toughness is a reason as to why Giroux will be a force for all NHL players to beware of in 2012-2013.

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5 Reasons Why Claude Giroux Will The Best Player In NHL: Mental Toughness


Being physically tough is one thing but being mentally tough and sound is a whole different category. Giroux has shown that he is always in the right place at the right time. In his career, Giroux has had a positive plus/minus. Giroux did lose his mental focus once in the 2011-2012 playoffs, which resulted in a one game suspension, but other than that, his hockey IQ will continue to grow.

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5 Reasons Why Claude Giroux Will The Best Player In NHL: Shot Power

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Some players do not always get a chance to have their cake and eat it too. Giroux is one of the rare players who can actually create shots for others and have others create them for him too. Giroux scored 28 goals last season. If he wants to become even better in 2012-2013, then Giroux will need to be able to create his own shot, especially if teammate Scott Hartnell struggles with his shot.

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5 Reasons Why Claude Giroux Will The Best Player In NHL: Grit & Determination

Christopher Szagola-US PRESSWIRE

Every player is determined to do something. Whether it is to make money, play the game they love, or just to have fun, players are always determined on a certain goal. What Giroux brings to the table compared to other NHL superstars, is that he plays better when matched against equal or better competition. Playing in Philadelphia gives players an automatic rivalry against the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, not just because they are in the Atlantic Division, but because they have players that Giroux needs to match up with. I truly believe that Giroux has the passion and desire of every Flyers' fan in his heart. With the determination that he shows, Giroux could become an even better player than he is now.