Statistically, there’s not much Claude Giroux hasn’t done at this point of his career. The Flyers' captain recently reached the 400-assist plateau, a table of four that includes Giroux, Bob Clarke, Brian Propp and Bill Barber in franchise history. “Yeah, that’s fun,” Giroux said. “I never really thought that I was at that number. In the past, I’ve played with a lot of guys who can score goals, so it makes it a lot easier.” However, through the first eight games of this season, Giroux is the guy who’s the goal scorer and he’s on a Tim Kerr-like projection. The captain has five goals in the Flyers' first eight games. If “G” continues his torrid pace, he’ll finish the season with 51 goals, which would be a 180-degree deviation from his typical production of points. It’s the quickest start Giroux has had in the goal-scoring department since 2011-12 when he ripped home 11 goals in the first 17 games of the season. But let’s slow down the spinning red goal light for a moment. Giroux isn’t reaching 50 goals. He knows that, and even 40 goals would be an extreme stretch for someone who’s more of a playmaker than a shoot-first sniper. But his first ever 30-goal season? That’s definitely plausible for a player of Giroux’s caliber. “Yeah, obviously it would be fun to have that,” Giroux said. “There’s a lot of hockey left to play. It’s only eight games. I’m not really thinking of that right now, but if it happens, that’s pretty cool.”
Can Claude Giroux hit 30-goal mark for 1st time?
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