Philadelphia Flyers Snubbed: “Near-Stars” Poised for Postseason Success

January 12th, 2011 by Dan Kelley Leave a reply »
On January 30th, the NHL will showcase a new style of All-Star Game, taking a page out of the pond hockey handbook that kids in Canada and the northern United States grew up with and allowing captains to pick their All-Star teams instead of following the conventional All-Star format of East vs. West.

The captains of these teams will be selecting the best players from the best teams in the NHL...except the Philadelphia Flyers.

The best team in the Eastern Conference will be represented only by 23-year-old Claude Giroux, a shifty puck-handler who plays center and winger, power play and penalty kill.

Giroux is undoubtedly deserving of the honor; No. 28 in orange appears to be having the breakout year that was foretold after a masterful display of 21 points in 23 playoff games last spring during the Flyers’ memorable run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Through 42 games in 2010-11, Giroux has racked up 36 points and leads the team in power play (6) and shorthanded goals (3).

Nonetheless, Flyers fans undoubtedly find themselves questioning the decision. Giroux is certainly deserving of the honor, but is he the only player on the team that ...

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