Should Giroux Be A Candidate For The Hart Memorial Trophy?
Since Head Coach Dave Hakstol moved Claude Giroux to the wing to play next to Sean Coulturier, the Flyers' Captain has put up a career year. Giroux has set career highs in Goals (31), Assists (67), and Points (99) with one game remaining in the 2017-18 season while ranking in the top three in the NHL in Assists and Points. If Giroux does reach 100 Points in Saturday's season finale versus the New York Rangers, Claude will become the first Flyers player to reach 100 points since Eric Lindros during the 1995-96 season. Giroux's great season has put him in the conversation for the NHL's MVP Award: The Hart Memorial Trophy - the only Flyers players to ever win the award are Eric Lindros (1994-95) and Bobby Clarke (1972-73, 74-75, and 75-76).
ESPN NHL Analyst Barry Melrose joined The Sports Bash on Friday with his perspective on Claude Giroux's candidacy for the Hart Memorial Trophy:
“I think you can make a case for (Giroux) – There’s no clear cut guy, usually with an MVP there’s a clear cut guy….There’s a number of guys that are having great years but you can certainly make the point that Claude Giroux probably has had his best year as a Philadelphia Flyer and whenever they needed a goal or an assist or some energy Claude always gave it to them. So he has had a fantastic year, I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing him get (the Hart Trophy).”
Checkout what Melrose had to say about Flyers season finale versus the Rangers, perspective on Sean Coulturier, Dave Hakstol, and the Eastern Conference Playoffs Picture