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02-06-2010, 12:45 PM
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ThirdEye
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Originally Posted by ColonialsHockey10 View Post
The best part about his assists are that they come directly from defense. He will poke check a player or intercept a pass and simply tap it forward to create an odd-man rush. A great example was in Colorado on Gaborik's last goal. Staal broke up a pass and it went right to Prospal, who fed Gaborik for the breakway.
I agree, makes a lot of good defensive plays that lead to goals the other way. If you're upset with Staal this season you are insane. He's not Shea Weber or Mike Green and he will never be. Can we just enjoy him for who he is? He plays 23 minutes a game and provides more offense than some give him credit for (some people here don't give him any credit at all). Defenseman who play his minutes (without being a liability) and are able to contribute as much as he does even strength offensively (I think he's like top 10 for defenseman or something) are not exactly easy to come by.

The things we actually have to worry about are Redden's rapid decline both offensively and defensively, Rozsival's inconsistency for a veteran defenseman, and how fast MDZ is able to learn to play defense (let's be honest, he has been dreadful the last few months). Staal is a good defenseman who is stuck on a crappy, poorly assembled team.

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