Anthony Lancione breaks down Giroux’s slow start.
Claude Giroux, who blossomed into a 90+ point producer last season, has struggled out of the gate in 2013. Why? His PPG (points per game) last season of 1.21 put him up with the likes of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby with regards to offensive production. However, four weeks into 2013, his underwhelming 0.57 PPG drop-off marks less than half the rate of production he was accumulating last season.
2011-2012 Points Per Game Flow Graph
2012-2013 Points Per Game Flow Graph
Sure, you could stand and point to a mid-December concussion last year as an arbitrary point of reference for declining production. However, that theory is void as he produced strongly down the stretch including an performance for the ages against Pittsburgh in the first round of Lord Stanley's playoffs, which included a single game six point outburst and 15 points in six contests. Post-concussion syndrome certainly did not plague him.