Who Is The Best Player Not Playing in the NHL That Should Be?

Peter BojarinovAnalyst IOctober 28, 2010

Alexandre Giroux on the ice while playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the pre-season
Alexandre Giroux on the ice while playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the pre-seasonRich Lam/Getty Images

Leading his league in goals the past two seasons, a first team All-Star three seasons in a row and consistently putting in more points than games in the past four seasons, Alexandre Giroux is still waiting for a real chance to play in the NHL.

At the age of 29, Alexandre has never played more than 12 games in one season, and only receiving an opportunity three times over the past nine seasons while playing in the AHL.

The 6’2, 210lb forward knows how to use his big league frame, and put up points, already this season for the Oklahoma City Barons he has six goals and five assists in 10 games played.

Giroux was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1999, in the seventh round, 213th overall. Since then, he’s never been given a real shot at making it in the big leagues.

This past offseason he was signed by the Edmonton Oilers to a one-year contract. The Oilers are finally in a rebuilding year, after attempting to achieve the playoffs with an undervalued team, they now have the right players and youth to rebuild.

Giroux might have landed in the right spot to get a chance to get NHL ice-time, a real shot at the big leagues.

I hope that Steve Tambellini, general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, signed him to give him a real chance, and that Mr.Tambellini, coach Tom Renney and his staff bring him up and setting him up for a real opportunity to succeed.

Good luck Alexandre, you’ve developed your game well and are well deserving of what is to come.