Yes, I know it’s only the preseason but regardless, I am truly impressed by the play of Marc Staal thus far, and I am overwhelmingly positive the New York Rangers organization is as well.
After Staal’s horrific eye injury last season which doctors said would never fully heal, I did not think he would ever be the same player ever again. Even though it is just the preseason, I figured there was going to be a tremendous struggle in adjusting to play with only one eye at 100 percent.
So far, I’ve been dead wrong.
This preseason, Staal’s skating, hands, defense and offense all seem quicker and better than ever before. He is moving the puck well, flying on the ice, and incorporating more offense then I have ever seen from him in his career. He has arguably been the Rangers’ best player in the preseason, and I just find that simply amazing.
Is Staal back and better than ever?
I really hope so. What a story it would be if Staal can bring this into the regular season. For one of the best shutdown defenders in the game to receive a serious eye injury that will forever alter his vision for the rest of his life, and to come back from it like he never was hurt to begin with is impressive enough. That he’s better than ever before at some parts of his game is frankly a miracle.
Staal is and has been one of the major keys for success for the Rangers throughout his entire career, and a healthy Staal playing like he has been this preseason should bode well for the Rangers’ chances in the 2013-14 regular season, and hopefully the postseason.
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