Thread: Marc Staal?
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07-07-2006, 02:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Edge View Post
Staal to me is another example of why I hate the junior/nhl age rules.

He strikes me as the classic tweener. He's ready to move on from the OHL but probably is just a little short of ideally being in the NHL. So you're forced with two options:

1. Don't challange him enough
2. Challange him too much.

Blackburn was a case like this a few years back as well.
Yup, its complete BS. Its a lose, lose situation really...but the factor that makes me lean toward wanting him to return to the OHL is the fact that then we wouldn't lose him a year early to UFA (which could turn out to be a year wasted if he isnt ready for the NHL).

The best case scenario IMO is, let Staal play a few NHL games (under 10 though...or whatever the max games is before he loses Junior eligibility), send him back to Juniors. Hope his team doesn't make the playoffs and then ship him to the AHL to play 10 or so regular season AHL and then playoffs.

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