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Claude Giroux is, without question, the single most important player on the Philadelphia Flyers.
The team's captain and offensive leader, there's a reason Philly locked up the blossoming superstar with an eight-year, $66.2 million extension last summer.
At just 26 years old, the Hearst, Ontario, native has already recorded 119 goals, 258 assists and 377 points in his first 415 NHL outings. He's tallied double-digit goals in each of the last five seasons and has paced all Philadelphia skaters in scoring in each of the last four campaigns.
A two-time All-Star, Giroux has finished in the top three among all NHLers in total scoring in two of the last three seasons and was nominated as a Hart Trophy finalist for league MVP this past year following an 86-point campaign.
But it's not just his stellar offensive production that makes Giroux so important to the Flyers.
He is a leader in every sense of the word. He's a responsible two-way center who possesses incredible hockey sense and can play in all situations. What's more, Giroux doesn't shy away from the physical aspect of the game and is often found throwing a big hit or even dropping the gloves to help energize his team.
He is one of the few truly complete players in the NHL, and the Flyers and their fans are awfully lucky to have him.