Giroux named best No. 22 NHL draft pick

Giroux named best No. 22 NHL draft pick

June 9, 2013, 3:30 pm
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When Bobby Clarke stepped to the podium to announce the Flyers' first-round selection at the 2006 draft, he provided one of the funnier moments in NHL draft history when he momentarily forgot who the team decided to pick.

Clarke, who was the Flyers' general manager at the time, was quickly reminded the prospect's name and the orange and black used the 22nd-overall pick on Claude Giroux.

Since then, Giroux has climbed his way to the top of the Flyers' lineup, been named team captain and has made his name a difficult one to forget around the National Hockey League.

Which brings us to our point. Giroux was recently named the best No. 22 first-round pick in league history by a 13-member panel on NHL.com.

The "Dream Draft" panel has been selecting the best first-round picks of all-time, based on selection number, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first NHL draft.

Giroux received 11 of the 13 votes, beating out Edmonton's Jordan Eberle (2008) and fellow Flyer Simon Gagne (1998).

"It was during Giroux's second playoff season, in 2010, when you just got the feeling this kid was going to be something really special," NHL.com staff writer Mike G. Morreale said. "He became a player that coach Peter Laviolette counted on to play in every situation, and he proved to be a clutch performer. I like the fact that in addition to his strong offensive play, he's just as solid defensively and an extremely good penalty killer. … He is a franchise player with plenty of seasons left to build upon his already impressive resume."

Giroux has been the staple of the Flyers' offense for the past three seasons, registering 66 goals and 151 assists over the course of 207 games.

The 25-year-old led the orange and black in scoring for a third consecutive season this year, tallying 13 goals and dishing out 35 assists in 48 games.

With numbers like that, it's safe to say that NHL clubs will be keeping an eye on Giroux -- or whatever his name his -- for years to come.

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