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By The Numbers - #12 Alexandre Giroux

If you weren’t paying close attention, you might have missed Alexandre Giroux’s time in an Oiler sweater altogether.

Today, we’ll take a look at his short time spent in Edmonton.

NHL success eludes Giroux - Photo courtesy Edmonton Journal

NAME: Alexandre Giroux

SWEATER NUMBER: 12

DOB: 16 JUN 1981 (29)

POSITION: Centre

NUMBERS: 1G-1A-2PTS, 2 PIM in 8 GP

2010-11 SALARY/CONTRACT: $500,000, will become UFA on July 1, 2011

THE SKINNY

I got a little bit excited when the Oilers offered Alexandre Giroux a one year deal at $500K last summer.  Here’s a guy that’s absolutely rips up the AHL – he’s a two time Calder Trophy winner with the Hershey Bears,  he scores a ton of goals, he had a little bit of experience on a powerful Washington Capitals club…I thought he could’ve been an immediate impact player on the 2010-11 Edmonton Oilers.

Instead, we got to see him late in the season on injury duty, scoring two points in eight games.  The guy is going to be 30 next month, so I’m not sure if this is another case of ‘right place, wrong time’, or if he’s just a half -step off of NHL play.

Giroux is on record saying he believed that he had a legitimate shot at becoming an impact player for this club.  By the looks of things, when Colin Fraser was signed, the handwriting was already on the wall.  Giroux was likely put in OKC to help aid in player development, and wasn’t called up to the big club until everybody and their aunt was injured.  Giroux had another sparkling season in the American Hockey League, scoring 78 points (32G-46A) in 70 games, but couldn’t hang with the big club after others were ready to come back into the lineup.

WHAT COULD BE

I’m fairly confident that unless management does a complete 180,  Giroux will find work elsewhere when July 1st rolls around.  Giroux is often labeled as a career AHLer, and having spent all but a handful of games in the AHL would be a good enough reason to earn that moniker.  Giroux is hell-bent on getting a regular job in the NHL, and he may have some luck with teams that are in need of a bottom six guy for hardly any risk ($500K).  At 30 years of age, chances of getting into the NHL come fewer and fewer, but with the right situation, you might see Giroux in another NHL city.  If he doesn’t pan out on the big club, he’ll likely be a dominant player at the AHL level for another year.

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