Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 05/14/10 at 06:35 AM ET
On Thursday night, the Hurricanes announced that they have acquired the rights to right winger Jared Staal. Staal, who was the property of the Phoenix Coyotes, was acquired in exchange for a fifth round draft selection in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft. There was a time when Jared was believed to be the most talented of the four Staal boys, but he was the only one not to have been selected in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. He was selected by the Coyotes with the 49th overall pick in the 2008 Entry Draft.
JaStaal is the only right-handed shot of the four Staal boys and the only right winger. In addition, he’s the only one not to have made an impact on the parent club in his first season as a pro. There is some speculation that although he has the most raw talent of the four Staal boys, he has the least ambition.
This season, the youngest Staal registered 49 (12/37) points in 59 games for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. He played in five games for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, registering a lone assist.
The N&O is reporting thatthe Hurricanes have until June 1 2010 to sign JaStaal, or he will re-enter the Entry Draft on June 25.
JaStaal is still just 19 years old and is eligible for one more season in junior hockey, but the onus is on the Hurricanes to sign him to a professional contract. There’s no reason to think that the Hurricanes won’t make this happen. He will, then, spend the majority of the season down in Charlotte for the Checkers.
JaStaal, at 6’3” and 198lbs is already waaaaay bigger than EStaal was at age 19, but he has not lived up to his expectations. The fifth round draft pick given up by the Canes amounts to little more than a case of stick tape, and the only risk is the one involving the ability to get him under contract.
Hopefully Jeff Daniels and Geordie Kinnear down in Charlotte will be able to unleash the tremendous potential that this kid has and get him into the NHL.
The early talk is that the Hurricanes aren’t going to be very active this summer. They have to deal with Rod Brind’Amour and get Ray Whitney to re-sign for a single season. They have to re-sign the young defensemen and perhaps acquire a shutdown blueliner. They have to choose between Manny Legace and Justin Peters to be Cam Ward’s backup. I’m not expecting any big moves in those departments.
Some people have been clamoring for the potential acquisition of defenseman Marc Staal, but I think this talk is a little bit ridiculous. If Rangers GM Glen Sather temders MStaal a qualifying offer of $3.5M per season, as the speculation goes, any other team who signs him would have to compensate the Rangers with a first round and third round draft pick. This is not something that the Hurricanes front office would be willing to do. They’ll have to find a cheaper way to beef up the d.
Even if all goes well with JaStaal, Hurricanes fans shouldn’t expect to see him playing for the big club any time soon.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.