Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 12/9/11

Claude Giroux, entering just his third full season with the Flyers, has become one of the most exciting players in the entire National Hockey League.

He currently leads the NHL with 37 points, two ahead of Toronto's Phil Kessel, and has put his talents on display night in and night out. On Wednesday night in overtime, Giroux picked off an intended pass in the Flyers' defensive zone and hit the jets to give himself a breakaway.

Anyone that has seen 'G' play knew it was over.

It's not just his vision on the ice, and his uncanny ability to find teammates when no other playmaker could. It's not just his ability to play all three phases of the game, or how smart he plays. It's not just his effective and highly accurate (20% shooting this season) shot, or his willingness to throw his weight around when needed. 

It's all of the above.

Claude Giroux is one of the most complete players in the NHL, and one that has the rare ability to continuously make great plays on both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice. He can dazzle fans by dangling his way through defenders into the zone, or he can help his goaltender and defense out by making a great defensive play to end a scoring threat all in a matter of one shift.

Giroux certainly has the talent of an elite player, but it's his work ethic that has really propelled his game to a whole new level.

Over the off-season, Giroux took every step necessary to become a better player, and his training regimen was second to none on the team. Giroux trained hard in Canada with trainor Tony Greco, and his game has really elevated this season. Just watching the video of their intense workouts shows you how hard the 23-year old really worked to improve his game.

 

Giroux has started this season on a tear, and has 37 points in just 27 games played. He's on pace for a ridiculous 111 points, and is the first Flyers player to be the NHL points leader past 25 games since Eric Lindros in the 1998-'99 season.

The superstar has led the Flyers to a 17-7-3 record to start the season, which is good for tops in the Eastern Conference. The team is on pace to record 111 points in the standings (with one extra game still in hand), which would be the team's best record since the 1984-'85 season (113 points).

Is is a coincidence that both Claude Giroux and the Flyers as a team are both on pace for 111 points this season?

I don't think so.

Follow Buzz on Broad's Flyers beat writer on Twitter @CJBurns215

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