staal is not better defensively, offensively, at skating, shooting, effortwise, .. hitting... nothing.. absolutely NOTHING.
the ONLY thing jordan staal is better at mikko koivu at is falling down or getting pushed around by smaller players... end of story
fanboys and pitt apologists are welcome to continue with their delusion, but ANYONE who actually WATCHES complete games featuring "captain fall-down" knows what they see... those who read the pitt gazette on the other hand muight thing he's the next coming of sergei fedorov or kris draper.
Mikko koivu is leaching off NO ONE.. not his famous older brother (he had to pay his dues in the AHL) not superstar team or linemates... no matter who you give mikko, he works his ass of to get them scoring chances, or cover them defensively, the dude is a true student of lemaire,...
jordan staal is a good kid who is FINALLY starting to skate like he's in the nhl but is a massive,.. massive underachiever, especially for his draft position. He was drafted MOSTLY due to his brother's acheivements (Anyone who argues otherwise is completely deluding themselves) take out crosby and malkin and the pens are nothing.. take out staal? hell you've still got dupuis, et. al... They may not have his raw materials, but they don't cheat out there...
mikko koivu is the last person that jordan staal should ever be compared too...
Maybe if he keeps up his current effort level , who knows...
mikko on the other hand showed his hustle from day ONE, and earned EVERYTHING.. ice time, line assignments, captaincy, paycheck... EVERYTHING.. His last name didn't mean didly ****. His rep is bourne of season long effort and achievement (no matter how good or bad the team does)
Staal? He can have sub par game after game and lord help us if he makes, one take-away or scores a goal and suddenly he's of the defensive elite..
What a . Staal didn't skip the AHL because of his brother, he got a 10 game trial on a weak Pens team and did well enough to stay. A 29 goal season as a rookie seems to suggest that he deserved his place on the team. Staal had 156 hits last season Koivu had 45 I don't see how he's a better hitter. I don't see how you can quantify effort. Interesting fact Staal had 39 ESP to Koivu's 35 though Staal did have easier match ups. Both are two time 20 goal scorers though Staal's seasons are both better than Koivu's. I don't see how anyone could consider Staal a massive massive underachiever. 276 games 71goals 66 assists 141 points, played solid defense since coming into the league, youngest player to 200 games, Most short handed goals by a rookie, youngest player to score a hatrick(63 year old record), Calder Nominee, NHL All Rookie Team,49 playoff games,invited to Olympic Camp. 1 Stanley Cup Ring and won't turn 22 until just before next season.
Now my rant is over, Koivu is a better player and this is a silly poll considering one is a First Line centre and the other a third line centre. Maybe a better poll will be to compare 26 year old Jordan Staal with 26 year old Mikko Koivu.
Atlanta: Rich Peverley and Nik Antropov are both definitely better first-line center options. Bryan Little might be also
Florida: Stephen Weiss is a far better player, and very underrated
Nashville: Staal isn't better than Jason Arnott
Rangers and Edmonton: He's got a shot, but it's far from guaranteed.
Little's a winger. I doubt he'd be on the Rangers as they use Prospal at centre. Stephen Weiss is underrated but he only really broke out last year but yes. Edmonton he'd be competing with Gagner and Horcoff but none of the three are head and shoulders above the others.