With having acquired forward, Jordan Staal, this past off-season, many Carolina Hurricanes fans may not yet be familiar with who he is aside from the fact that he’s captain, Eric Staal‘s, younger brother.
Prior to joining his older brother on the Hurricanes, Staal was part of the Pittsburgh Penguins for close to six seasons after signing an entry-level contract back in October 2006. This was shortly after being drafted by them second overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and he then immediately made that transition from juniors to an NHL roster, which speaks volumes for his hockey abilities.
With the Penguins, Staal was part of arguably the best third line of the NHL centering wingers Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy. He also grew a lot as a player within those six seasons – learning how to use his big body to battle in front of the net and knock opponents off the puck. Yet with Pittsburgh, his talents got lost being on that line. Carolina has definitely obtained this young player on the upswing of him prime, so hopefully he can be used in a larger capacity than he was with Pittsburgh. The “A” on his jersey is definitely an indication of that. Although he hasn’t been productive when it comes to his statistics, once he gets acclimated to his new team I’m sure his talents will take him far for the Hurricanes. It could quite possibly be a good match for both.
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