Sunday, October 15, 2006

Player of the Day (Oct 15)

The purpose of the Player of the Day feature is to draw attention to unheralded players, debate the merits or potential of others and to learn about new players. Today's player is someone I hadn't heard of until last night:

Mark Giordano

Giordano was an undrafted defenceman who signed with the Flames in 2004 after two seasons in Owen Sound. He moved up to the AHL and played a year in Lowell before putting up 16 goals and 58 points in Omaha last season. He also saw his first NHL action in 05-06, playing 7 games and recording one assist.With Rhett Warrener injured, Giordano has had the opportunity to play in all five games although last night was no doubt the highlight of his young career. I'm sure he was thrilled to be able to play in his hometown of Toronto in front of friends and family but he couldn't have imagined that he'd score not only his first NHL goal but two in a fast-paced second period at the ACC. Giordano's ice time has been held to 9:23 or less and it's very likely that he will relegated to the press box or back to the AHL in the near future. But I'm sure that whatever the future holds for this kid he won't forget that night in Toronto.
If you have a suggestion for a future Player of the Day, let me know

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