Bobby Clarke will never forget the name again.
Then the general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, Clarke momentarily forgot the name of the team's first-round draft pick while onstage in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. "Roo" went 17th overall.
Giroux made his NHL debut in February 2008, playing in two games that season. He spent most of the year in the QMJHL.
Next, in the 2008-09 season, Giroux appeared in 33 games for the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms before being called up for the last 42 games with the Flyers. He scored 27 points. In 2009-10, he scored 47 points in his first full season, as a 22-year-old forward.
Now, after leading the team with 76 points last season, Giroux finds himself among the NHL's scoring leaders as a bona fide NHL superstar. He has 22 points in 17 games, on pace for 106 points over 82 games.
Flyers fans can rejoice. This time, your young, promising superstar is really going to come through.