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02-25-2009, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Alex28 View Post
He's not a good puck mover and an average scorer who shoots wide of the net an astonishing amount of times. That's why his defensive abilities get so much hype - he doesn't show much else consistently. Usually you want your top 2 centers to either be great puck movers (most teams) or stable puck movers and good scorers (teams that have playmaking wingers to contribute like Tanguay or Hemsky, or teams that rely on centers for goal contributions in general like Philly). Staal may grow into one of those roles, or he may not. Right now subtracting Horton and adding Staal to Florida would make them worse. He'd be a good center on teams that are sorely lacking a second line center, like Anaheim or Columbus.
While some of what you have said is true,Staal has little chance to show his offensive ability,he usually lines up against one of the top two lines,sees most of his Powerplay time on the second unit(usually QB by Brooks Orpik and Mark Eaton) and plays with energy, hustle wingers.If he was to go to Florida and be the second line centre and play with better wingers he would probably put up closer to 60 points rather than his current 40 points.

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