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08-08-2009, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyClarkeFan16 View Post
Claude Giroux is a superstar in the making and his story is something off the chart. From Hearst, Ontario, he was overlooked by the OHL because he was too small. He went to a try out with the Gatineau Olympiques as a walk on. Walk ons are frowned upon because in most cases, it usually means they aren't talented enough to get drafted or even make the team and they're considered a wasted spot. Giroux blew everyone away at the practice.

During Giroux's draft year, he was initially rated the 217th best player for the upcoming draft. That was to start the year. By mid year, Giroux jumped an incredible 120+ places to become the 90th best player in his draft year. The engine just kept rolling and rolling. From there, scouts came to see the Olympiques almost nightly and Giroux's stock continued to grow and grow. By the time the end rankings came out, Giroux made it up to the 34th best player available, an incredible jump of 180 places.

By the time the draft came around, the word was that Giroux was being viewed anywhere from 15 to 25. He made that much of an impression in his single season in the QMJHL. When the Flyers came up to draft, it was down to three players they were looking at - Bobby Sanguinetti, Claude Giroux, and Simeon Varlemov. Sanguinetti had just been taken by the Rangers and the belief amongst the Flyers brass was that Varlemov will fall to the second round. They took Giroux.

As previously mentioned, he jumped 180 places from his initial draft ranking to final draft ranking. I checked on the Central Scouting Website to see if any other player had made that kind of jump in their draft year and wasn't able to find anything like that. It was considered an absolutely remarkable feat. To me, that's when I knew Giroux was going to be star and have followed his career closely ever since.

Honestly, this might be the most skilled Flyers player this franchise has ever seen. And what's scarier is that he's just going to get better and better. Honestly, there isn't one Flyers player on the team who has the pure skill that Giroux does. If you want an honest comparison on what his upside might be - think of a more offensively skilled version of Peter Forsberg and you've got Giroux.
A more offensively skilled version of Peter Forsberg? That's asking for too much.

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