Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux said Thursday he believes he can be an 80-point player again.
In the past five full NHL seasons, Giroux's points have declined from 93 to 86 to 73 to 67 to 58. He had 14 goals in 82 games last season and was an NHL career-low minus-15.
"We can keep talking about the last two years, but it's not going to make me a better player," Giroux told Philly.com. "For sure it bothers me. It's not the player I want to be. But like I've said, I've put that behind me."
Asked if he believed he could approach a point per game again, the 29-year-old said, "Yeah, I do. I do think I am (an elite center). Obviously I have to prove it, and that's why I'm excited about this year."
The website said Giroux, the Flyers captain, is up to 184 pounds, six more than last season, and increased his offseason training after it was limited last summer when he was recovering from hip surgery on May 17, 2016.
"You just want to be the best player you can be," Giroux said. "I've got a lot of room for improvement. I worked hard this summer to put myself in a situation to succeed, so there's a different feel to this year coming into camp (which begins Sept. 15). Everybody looks pretty determined."
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