PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Despite having the top point total in the Eastern Conference and being the defending conference champions, the Flyers have had just one player picked for the January 30th NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC.
Forward Claude Giroux (above) gets the nod from the league thanks to a first half which has seen him score 16 goals and notch 20 assists in 41 games.
Giroux is second on the Flyers in scoring, behind Mike Richards, and he leads the team in power-play goals (6) and shorthanded goals (3).
Richards and forward Danny Briere both get passed over. Richards has 37 points and Briere leads the Flyers with 21 goals and he is +17 on the campaign.
Flyers’ head coach Peter Laviolette had previously earned the nod to serve as a co-coach for one of the teams in this year’s game.
The NHL is trying a new approach to this year’s game. Rather than have an Eastern Conference and a Western Conference team, two captains will instead be selected and they will “draft” the two teams playground style.
Reported by Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio 1060.