Alexandre Giroux Signed By Edmonton Oilers: Can He Live Up to His Potential?

July 5th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The Edmonton Oilers announced Saturday that they have signed perennial AHL star Alexandre Giroux to a one-year contract worth a reported $500,000.

Giroux, who stands 6’3” and weighs in at 205 pounds, was originally taken in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (213th overall). He has spent most of his professional hockey career in the American Hockey League where he has amassed over 300 goals in 636 career AHL games played.

Giroux has spent the past three seasons with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he has posted back-to-back 50-goal seasons, including a career best 60-goal performance in 2008-09.

Clearly, Giroux has the talent to play at the AHL level, but he has never been able to transfer his AHL skills to the NHL, where he has amassed a paltry four goals and nine points in 34 career NHL games played with the New York Rangers (2005-06) and the Washington Capitals (2006-07, 2008-10).

At age 29, one has to think that Giroux’s latest contract with the Oilers may be the final one of his career unless he can prove that he can play at the NHL level.

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