Claude Giroux is sitting on the edge of the perimeters I made for myself when selecting future players, at age 24. That's still quite young, but there's a six-year gap between him and a draft eligible player, which can be a world of difference.
Still, seeing how before this season he was relegated to a secondary role, only to elevate himself when called upon into a Hart Trophy candidate, I'm going to make an exception.
Claude Giroux has done it all in Pennsylvania this season. He's a good leader, he plays a high energy, dynamic style of hockey, he makes he players around him better and, hey, he's still young at 24.
With Giroux now proving himself as a No. 1 player, the Flyers have a fresh face to build around.
Make no mistake about it too, while players like Briere and Jagr are still great contributors, this team has plenty of young jam on their roster that is ensuring that they'll be good for a long time.
However, Giroux is the important player, as he's become their go-to guy and the future of this team.
Runner Up: Sean Couturier.
There are tons of options here, like James Van Riemsdyk, Matt Read, or Brayden Schenn. However, it's Couturier that looks like he has the brightest future, even more so than Brayden Schenn.
Sean Couturier is a big man, with a ton of skill. He's currently on the outside of Philly's top six looking in, but that shouldn't belittle the fact that he has a fantastic opportunity in front of him to learn a few things from good players on a good team in a secondary role.
He was chosen at last year's draft by Philadelphia with the seventh overall pick, something they acquired by sending Jeff Carter to Ohio.
He could turn into a top line center with Claude Giroux some day.
Note: JVR has had a poor season and has been a hot topic in trade discussions. He's currently the team's prime bargaining chip for a top four defenseman, making him expendable and off the list.