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11-19-2012, 03:38 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
Though part of that is also issues that Staal had with Maurice the last season and a half that Paul was in Raleigh. Basically when Muller took over Staal was a -18, meaning that over the remaining 57 games on a team that was pretty mediocre Staal was a respectable -2. Not a defensive dynamo, but not even close to a defensive liability either.
The only reason his plus/minus went up is that his scoring improved from 0.4 PPG (10 points in 25 games) under Maurice to 1.05 PPG (60 points in 57 games) once Maurice was gone. Defensively he was as bad as before which means he was worse than the other forwards on that "mediocre" team. Check out the following thread for game-by-game ratings:

Yes, he was a defensive liability. So for the 1999 Modano comparison you need an Eric Staal who actually plays defence. Not the Eric Staal we see in the NHL. Offensively they are similiar and maybe Staal can become a player like Modano if he gets the right coach.

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