Philadelphia Flyers' Young Guns Impressing

John BertolContributor IApril 6, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 10:  Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates the goal of teammate Scott Hartnell #18 against the Buffalo Sabres at the Wachovia Center March 10, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The NHL trade deadline is a distant memory and hockey fans have less than five games left in the regular season before playoff fever hits full force. 

It's a tight race in the Eastern Conference and the Flyers have relied on some young talent to help dig into that fourth spot in the conference playoff picture.  One of the stand out young players is rookie forward Claude Giroux.

The young Flyers standout was selected 22nd overall in the 2006 entry draft, and has impressed on every level he has played at since. Giroux has played in 38 games this season.  He has logged eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points.  Not bad for a rookie.

What's even more impressive is his actual on ice play.

Although the numbers might not fully justify it, Giroux has truly added to the Flyers offensive firepower.  His ice vision is unprecedented which has allowed him to make passes and create plays out of nothing. 

Not only is his passing superb, but his abilities with the puck are uncanny.  Giroux has dangled and deked his way into the hearts of the Flyers faithful, as well as a full time roster spot.  Giroux gives the Flyers offense the flashy play that is often missed due to the gritty, blue-collar play of Richards and Carter.

Keep an eye on this young Flyers forward throughout the team's playoff push.  His puck wizardry and feel for the game will allow him to climb into the elite class of NHL forwards within the next two seasons.