Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | August 5, 2011

Man of the Day 8/5: Claude Giroux

Claude Giroux

Born January 12, 1988 in Hearst, Ontario, Canada

Right wing/center for the Philadelphia Flyers

As promised, we have the ying to Danny Brière’s yang, the peanut butter to his jelly, the coffee to his donut.

Claude spent his junior hockey years playing for teams in Hearst and Ottawa while at French Catholic school. Now, you would think that he’d be drafted by the OHL, but he wasn’t, so he played one more year in the junior leagues before being drafted by the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques for the 2005-06 season. After a season with them, he entered the 2006 NHL Draft and was chosen 22nd overall by the Philadlphia Flyers. He spent another season with the Olympiques before signing with the Flyers in 2007, then stayed with them until 2008 whe n he was sent to Philly’s AHL team.

That was the year that things really turned around for Claude. After being called up to the Flyers after Christmas break, he scored his first NHL point on December 31 with an assist to Jeff Carter against the Vancouver Canucks. Unfortunately, he suffered a mild concussion at the hands of Corey Perry the next night and had to sit out five games (Perry was suspended for four). When he came back, he scored his first NHL goal on January 27, 2009 against the Florida Panthers.

Nice shot past Henrik Lundqvist!

He and the team struggled during the 2009-10 season but managed to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. Claude racked up 21 points in postseason even though…yeah, we already know how that turned out.

This past season, the Flyers signed him to a 3 year, $11.25 million extension. On top of that, he was named to Team Staal at the All-Star game and had a goal and an assist despite losing. The cherry on the sundae was when he played his 200th career game on March 26, 2011 (it was against the Islanders).

As to the mystery as to whom Danny opened his home…it was Claude. In fact, a Philadelphia news station profiled the story:

– Krista

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