Last season was Giroux's first to break the 20-goal mark—making it seem a leap of faith that he could fill the shoes left by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
As the center on the Flyers' top line with Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr, Giroux is one point out of the league lead in scoring behind Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin.
On a team dressing over half a dozen rookies on a given night, Giroux is leaned on to carry the offensive burden—especially since Danny Briere and James Van Riemsdyk are shelved with injuries.
Of course, there are other players capable of lighting the lamp for the Flyers. However, without Giroux it is unlikely this team will get very far.
Giroux is a nightmare to opposing teams, and without him, teams would be able to focus more on the less experienced scorers the Flyers have.
Take Giroux out of the equation and the Flyers become a much different team. Due to Giroux's tremendous impact, it is my belief he will be selected for the Hart Memorial Trophy this summer.
Allow me to present why.