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by Paul on 11/04/10 at 01:33 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Instead of fading into the background as so often happens to young players who have a spasm of success, Giroux has become the Flyers’ go-to guy when they need a big goal.
“He’s picked up where he’s left off. I just think he’s going to become better and better,” Laviolette said. “He’s become one of those guys who won’t really take a backseat to anyone now. He sees the ice as well as anyone on our team.”
Here’s an indication of how valuable Giroux is to a team that has all the tools to make another long playoff run next spring. When they are healthy, the Flyers are loaded with talented centers, yet Laviolette generally leaves Giroux at center and moves someone like Carter to the wing. That’s not to say Giroux cannot play the wing; he has, at times, moved up to play with Richards when Laviolette thinks the team needs a spark.
But Laviolette’s trust in Giroux to win a key faceoff and play smart defensive hockey to get things done at the most important of forward positions is a reflection of the young man’s growing maturity.
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