PHILADELPHIA -- Two years ago, Flyers center Claude Giroux was called the "best player in the world" by then-coach Peter Laviolette.
Yet Giroux, stunningly, wasn't one of the 14 forwards selected for Canada's Olympic team Tuesday.
Giroux tried to take the high road on being bypassed by Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman and his staff.
"Those questions are for Team Canada," he told reporters in Newark, where the Flyers were preparing to play the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. "I'm the hockey player. I was there to put my product out and play the best I could and I didn't make it. You gotta move forward."
According to Hockey-Reference.com, no Canadian player has more points over the last three seasons than Giroux. Giroux and the New York Islanders' John Tavares were tops with 179 points in that span entering Tuesday.
Last week, Giroux said it would be an honor if he were selected.
"Obviously, everyone wants to represent their country," he said.
But Giroux was not among the five Flyers who will be in Sochi, Russia when the Olympics start in a month.
"It's shocking," Flyers right winger Jake Voracek said.
The Flyers who will be participating: Voracek (Czech Republic); defenseman Kimmo Timonen (Finland); left winger Michael Raffl (Austria); defenseman Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia); and defenseman Mark Streit (Switzerland). Timonen and Meszaros were named Tuesday.
"I can't criticize any player we didn't put on this team," Yzerman told TSN when asked about Giroux. "Some guys got off to really good starts, some guys didn't. We took into account their overall careers, how they played in recent years, how they played internationally."
Giroux, who turns 26 on Sunday, said he was "disappointed," but not angry at being bypassed. "It's tough today, but we have a game and I have to put it behind me," he said after the morning skate.
Los Angeles' Jeff Carter (26 points), a former Flyer, and the Rangers' Rick Nash (18 points) were among the forwards selected over Giroux.
Giroux, who has 38 points, could be added as an alternate if someone is injured.
New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr told reporters Giroux wasn't the only player snubbed. He said Canada "can name probably two more teams close to this."
Tampa Bay's Marty St. Louis, Los Angeles' Mike Richards, San Jose's Joe Thornton and Logan Couture (injured), and Pittsburgh's James Neal were among the forwards also snubbed.
Flyers defensemen Nick Grossmann and Erik Gustafsson were bypassed by Sweden.
After a slow start that was hindered by a surgically repaired finger, Giroux has rebounded and helped steer the Flyers' resurgence. Goalless in his first 15 games, Giroux entered Tuesday with 12 goals and a team-high 38 points in 42 games.
"He's turned this team around," winger Scott Hartnell said.
Late in the summer, Giroux declined an invitation to attend Canada's Olympic camp because he was rehabbing his finger, which was injured in a bizarre golf accident. He then started the season in a prolonged slump, bringing his two-year goalless streak to 21 games.
Giroux has 12 goals in his last 26 games.
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