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Jordan Staal Looking For More Goals

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

On a team that was goal-starved most of last season, he realizes the need to be a bigger point producer.

“It’s there,” he said. “It’s just a matter of consistency and being willing to create offense by doing it the right way. I think for the most part in previous years I’ve leaned on the defensive part, but I think this year with the players we have, there will be more chance to create offense and be smart about it.”

Staal, 27, said at times he has felt snake-bit in the offensive zone. Good chances turn into near-misses. Pucks bang off the post or cross-bar.

“That’s been going on my whole life,” Staal said, smiling.

“But it is what it is. Hopefully it will change this year.”

No one will base Staal’s value to the team solely on his point production. He’s the Canes’ biggest player at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and its best checking center. He can be used on the power play and penalty kill and is effective at both.

“He’s an important player, regardless, because he’s so big and strong,” Eric Staal said. “He’s really difficult to play against.”

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Hank1974's avatar

Jordan Staal is arguably the most overrated player in the NHL.
I don’t believe this guy has much offensive upside whatsoever and he’s grossly overpaid.

Carolina should dump him quick before the other braindead GM’s who covet him finally realize that he’s a soft 3rd-line centre with limited offensive ability.

Posted by Hank1974 on 10/02/15 at 07:43 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Is that the way it has been your whole life, or are you just not that good?

Posted by ilovehomers on 10/02/15 at 08:48 AM ET

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