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07-30-2005, 09:28 PM
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i'm happy or at least satisfied with staal.

for starters, i have as much confidence in our scouting staff now than i've had in recent memory. getting tim murray from the mighty ducks was a great pickup. the fact that renney and probably murray himself saw staal in person on multiple occasions helped to make this selection..and i'm fully ok with that.

staal is the type of "more sure bet" to make the nhl player we haven't drafted lately. he looks like a player that's committed to working hard just based on my first impression of looking at him and seeing the scouting reports on him. he's not the sexy pick but if he pans out fine we'll be happy.

also, between him and the forwards that were around where the rangers were picking, i have a gut feeling he'll make an impact sooner in the nhl than those guys. and imo we didn't give up much to get him so overall i'm happy.

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