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01-17-2013, 12:49 PM
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The thing with Staal was that I always thought that his best role was as that Selke Calibre shut down center who STILL got you 25 goals, 30 assists. That is something different and valuable. When he focused on offense this past year the Selke caliber center part of his game took a hit. So the real question is not if he can score more. He can. But how much more and will the offset to the defensive side of his game be worth the cost? If you get 27 or 28 goals out of him at the cost of that part of his game, well a 27 or 28 goal center is still one of the better centers in the game, but will be a tier below. It will be interesting to see how this plays out now that he finally gets his chance.

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