Although the Carolina Hurricanes struggled this season, Eric Staal will still have the chance to be captain and lead a team to success. Today, it was announced that Staal will captain team Canada in the World Championships this year.
Staal had a tremendous year for the Canes with 53 points in only 48 games. That is good enough for sixth in the league among point leaders. He led one of the best lines in hockey this year with Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty. Although Staal hasn’t hit the 100-point mark since 2006, he has been a consistent 70-point scorer for many years.
When you are looking for a captain, you’ll find all the necessary characteristics in Staal. He plays in every situation on the ice and is always put out in crucial moments. Staal can pass and shoot, making him a perfect fit for any of the top lines. Staal isn’t that old at 28 but acts like a true veteran. Unfortunately, he will have to compete with Steven Stamkos and Claude Giroux for the top center spot, unless he moves to the wing.
Staal won gold on Canada’s Olympic team in 2010 and has a decent amount of experience playing for his country. His former teammate Andrew Ladd will be the alternate captain for the team. The two played together on the Hurricanes Stanley Cup winning team in 2006. Jordan Staal will also play for Canada along with teammates Jeff Skinner and Jay Harrison.