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  • jpwalker jpwalker Jan 11, 2010 12:15 PM Flag

    Jordan Staal

    As a Penguins fan, I'm not sure Staal will help you too much in that regard.

    He is our primary penalty killer, and he often looks to cut off the point to point pass on opposing power plays. He also tries to poke check the puck away from a point player to one side and go around the player on the other side to spring himself for breakaways. That said, though, he is not extremely good at scoring on breakaways, so although he gets his chances he doesn't convert that often. Also, the Penguins penalty kill is primarily made up of speedy 4th liners, so there is not often anyone else out there that has good hands for him to work give-and-gos or to set up for one-timers. So, in short, because he is the only offensively gifted player out there and is really the only one that goes for SHG, you'd be looking at a few SHG and likely very minimal SHA.

    It basically comes down to whether the few SHG are worth the difference between the rest of what Staal brings to the table and the rest of what your other players bring to the table. Staal is only on pace for 52 points, but he has been producing at the pace of a 65 point season since mid-November, so if you value SHG more than the 20-30 extra points that Kopitar would give you, then you might consider it.


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