Claude Giroux was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
For the March 19, 2012 issue of The Hockey News, we polled 150 NHLers - five from each team - with the proviso they couldn’t vote for teammates, to determine whom they feel are the Top 50 Players in the league.
Sidney Crosby came in at No. 1; Pavel Datsyuk No. 2 and Philadelphia Flyers winger Claude Giroux at No. 3. Giroux set career highs in goals, assists and points in 2011-12 so it’s no wonder his peers have grown to respect his game so much. THN.com’s Danielle Emanuele takes a closer look at the Hearst, Ont., native to find out what makes him such a special player, from those who know him best.
REPORTER: Danielle Emanuele | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper