Claude Giroux wowed the crowd at the Air Canada Centre last night when he played the waiting game with Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson in the shootout and made the Maple Leaf blink.
Giroux's score brought up memories of the man who just might be the greatest shootout wizard of all time in Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk has a highlight reel full of tremendous shootout goals in his career, but his score from six years ago against Nashville sticks out among the best by any player ever.
So, when Giroux did his best Datsyuk imitation Saturday night, did he actually outdo the master? You decide: Who had the better shootout goal? Giroux or Datsyuk?
We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.
— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp