What do you think of Staal's season so far?

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  • shepherdofwolves Jan 15, 6:54 a.m.
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    4 goals in the last 5 ain't bad.

  • bigfiddlepbc Jan 6, 12:27 p.m.

    Is he actually playing ice hockey or auditioning for Stars on Ice? The only players making any noticeable impact are the younger players who get to play a few shifts, score, and then get re-assigned by Coach Blo because they don't play his dump and chase, clutch and grab, don't try to score style of defensive hockey. The other Staal brothers are having good years, but Eric is invisible.

  • shepherdofwolves Dec 29, 5:29 p.m.
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    I agree. He's doing his pops and uncles proud.

  • kennywalters Dec 29, 5:05 p.m.
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    I like the way Sutter plays. I also was impressed with how mature he came off in the postgame interview last night.

  • shepherdofwolves Dec 29, 5:02 p.m.
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    Yup. And our finishing has been terrible this season. Samsonov and Larose have been killing me. So many blown opportunities. Whit/Jok/Roo have been getting more consistent in that department. Sutter continues to impress.

  • kennywalters Dec 29, 4:58 p.m.
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    Most of your big point scorers have a lot of their points via assists. Therefore, it is probable that they play on the ice at the same time as other "finishers".

  • shepherdofwolves Dec 29, 4:47 p.m.
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    Got to agree with Kenny here. Numbers are down across the board. Canes were dead last in the league in goals per game last time I checked. Although I suppose it's possible we jumped past the Isles with that sixer outburst last night.

    I've liked the move of putting Staal on the wing with Cullen at center and Jok on the other side. You've got speed and creativity opening the center of the ice that Staal can exploit. Maybe we get on a role. Who knows.

  • kennywalters Dec 29, 11:47 a.m.
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    Has anyone taken into account that Staal's production is hampered by the overall terrible play of the Canes this season? If the team becomes more consistent in playing well, then you'll see Staal's production rise.

  • redistrumps Dec 29, 11:39 a.m.
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    Well he certainly was AWESOME last night, loved seeing him fight Ovechkin for that puck and empty-netter at end of game last night.

  • kenshi Dec 29, 11:25 a.m.

    Its pretty clear that Eric has been playing despite still not being 100%. That said, and despite being out for a few games earlier this year, he has 27 points in 39 (total, including games where he was out of line up) games. Not terrible but certainly not as good as he can be. I don't think we have any problem in general with Staal and I certainly don't think he will be traded anytime in the foreseeable future.

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