Saturday, February 27, 2016

Claude Giroux Swatch Card

Claude Giroux was questionable to play tonight, still recovering from an upper-body injury following a hard, clean hit from the Montréal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, but did play after all, earning his 500th NHL point in the process, helping his Philadelphia Flyers earn a 4-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. Mark Streit had three assists.

He currently ranks 14th of all-time on the team's scoring list:
  1. Bobby Clarke:1210
  2. Bill Barber: 883
  3. Brian Propp: 848
  4. Rick MacLeish: 697
  5. Eric Lindros: 659
  6. Tim Kerr: 650
  7. John LeClair: 643
  8. Mark Recchi: 627
  9. Rod Brind’Amour: 601
  10. Simon Gagné: 535
  11. Gary Dornhoefer: 518
  12. Reggie Leach: 514
  13. Rick Tocchett: 508
  14. Claude Giroux: 500
He is definitely in line to surpass three players this season alone, while Gagné and the top-10 will be within reach early next year.

He's still just 28 years old, too, so he has plenty of time to catch up to most of them and reach the 1000-point mark. Clarke may prove to be just a tad too far away, particularly in this day and age where winners of the Art Ross Trophy don't even get to 90 points per season.

Here is card #CG from the Authentic Threads sub-set of Panini's 2010-11 Pinnacle set, showing him wearing the Flyers' current/retro white (now-away) uniform with a black game-worn jersey swatch enclosed:
It's numbered 21/499.

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