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Has Flyers Forward Claude Giroux Reached "Elite" Player Status?

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux broke out in last seasons playoffs with 21 points in 23 games. We all wondered whether he’d carry that kind of momentum into the regular season. So far he has. Giroux leads the team with 12 points in 12 games including a team high 7 goals.

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Flyers coach Peter Laviolette feels that Giroux has risen out of second tier player status.

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“I would say that he’s not among those second-tier players anymore,” Laviolette said when asked where Giroux stood in the mix of elite and second-tier players in the League.
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↵“He’s somebody we count on to play in every situation and he’s proving himself to be a clutch player,” he continued. “He’s had big games in playoffs and big games when you need a performance out of somebody. He’s seems to be stepping up.”

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