Regular Season Stats
Claude Giroux struggled down the stretch of the 2015-16 season and although he would not admit it, it was likely due to not being a full health. After undergoing surgery for both a hip injury and a sports hernia, many were hoping to see Giroux have a big bounce back season in 2016-17.
This past season left many fans not questioning if Giroux was healthy, but rather if he was in a decline. While he played in all 82 games, his offensive output was disappointing to say the least. Giroux finished the year with just 14 goals, the lowest output in an 82 game season since he scored 16 in 2009-10. His 44 assist and 58 points were also the lowest output since 2009-10 his first full NHL season.
While Giroux’s overall production was down, he still remained one of the league’s best power play players. 31 of his 58 points came on the power play, which led the Flyers and was the fourth most in the entire National Hockey League. His 26 power play assists was the third most in the NHL behind Victor Hedman and Nicklas Backstrom.
Giroux finished the season with just 18 points at 5 v 5, which is not what you want out of your top line center making $8.2 million per season. His 0.94 points per 60 minutes at 5 v 5 ranked 12th among all Flyers forwards. The only forward with lower marks were Roman Lyubimov and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Not ideal.
One explanation for Giroux’s major dropoff at 5 v 5 is that Giroux took far less shots in 2016-17 and was plagued by a career low 7.0% shooting percentage, far below is previous career average of 11.3. Giroux finished the year with 199 shots after having at least 223 in each of the last four non-lockout seasons.
How would you rate Claude Giroux’s 2016-15 performance?