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10-04-2003, 04:10 PM
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Eric Staal scores #7 in game 7

7 goals in 7 games isn't exactly what you expect from a pass-first guy like Staal. Was the scouting report wrong or is Staal just playing outside himself?

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Great to see the kid doing well. Who is he playing with right now?

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Great to see the kid doing well. Who is he playing with right now?
He's seeing quite a bit of time with Jeff O'Neill and Ron Francis, which makes it even more confusing that he doesn't have an assist during these 7 games, just 7 goals.

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Is Ron Francis playing LW on that line Caniac? Good to see him do well. If he makes the team, I hope the Canes let him play in the World Juniors.

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7 goals in 7 games isn't exactly what you expect from a pass-first guy like Staal. Was the scouting report wrong or is Staal just playing outside himself?
I always thought that Staal was a little underrated as a goalscorer personally. He has a nice release and displays very good accuracy from what I have seen. Not saying the general scouting report on him is entirely wrong, as his ability to set-up his teammates is his number one asset, but he certainly can put the puck in the net when he gets a good opportunity.

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Is Ron Francis playing LW on that line Caniac? Good to see him do well. If he makes the team, I hope the Canes let him play in the World Juniors.
He's been playing center and Francis is playing LW, yes.

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Will Staal be signed?

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I don't like having him on the top line at all, but if he keeps producing it's pointless for me to argue against it.

 
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Will Staal be signed?

The two parties look pretty close on an agreement so i'm hoping it gets done.

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Great news for the 'Canes. It looks like it would be worth it to sign the kid and at least let him get a couple games of experience at the NHL level.

 
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Confusing or not, goals or assists, if he's putting up points I wouldn't be complaining. Staal is going to be a very, very, very, very, very good player.

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Confusing or not, goals or assists, if he's putting up points I wouldn't be complaining. Staal is going to be a very, very, very, very, very good player.

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#1 draft picks usually DO become very good players, with the exception of some... *cough* Daigle *cough*

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#1 draft picks usually DO become very good players, with the exception of some... *cough* Daigle *cough*
Staal was #2 You know, like Pronger and Heatley.

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Good to see him playing well. I hope he keeps it up.

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Staal was #2 You know, like Pronger and Heatley.
And like Zyuzin and Falloon...

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You had to point out the Sharks mistakes.

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And like Zyuzin and Falloon...
Zyuzin's just junk, but I know for sure that Staal will never become Fat Balloon.

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Staal is proving his detractor wrong (ie: me), and I love it. The game is in need of good players to attract the fans to the rink, and I hope that Staal will be one of those. He's on the right path!

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Good for Staal. He is playing very well.

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Staal was the guy whom I felt should have gone #1 overall. I said he was better than Spezza a few months back and got laughed at. We'll see what happens, but Staal has the potential to be a great player.

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Staal was the guy whom I felt should have gone #1 overall. I said he was better than Spezza a few months back and got laughed at. We'll see what happens, but Staal has the potential to be a great player.
So you really feel Staal is better than Spezza, Mizral? I'm really high on Staal myself but I don't think i've seen the offensive creativity with the puck that Spezza has.

Are you talking about right this minute better? 5 years? 10 years? Or all of the above? Staal certainly has a cleaner skating stride, but what else do you see that makes him stand out more?

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Fat Balloon.
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So you really feel Staal is better than Spezza, Mizral? I'm really high on Staal myself but I don't think i've seen the offensive creativity with the puck that Spezza has.

Are you talking about right this minute better? 5 years? 10 years? Or all of the above? Staal certainly has a cleaner skating stride, but what else do you see that makes him stand out more?
I mean down the road. For now, I think Spezza is a touch better.

What makes Staal better? Well, I feel both are about as good passing wise. Both are about as good scoring wise. Staal has a better two-way game, Spezza has more pure-bred hockey sense. But the real difference is skating. Skating can cause such a huge amount of points. You take a slow player who can make plays and get 60 points, give him speed, and maybe he pots 90 or even 100. It's just a huge difference. In particular, the agility of Staal is what I find is the main difference. I saw Staal play once in particular in which he was just winning all the battles for loose pucks due to pure quickness. Spezza is a great player, but that speed difference is huge. Yes, Spezza is by no means the slowest player out there, but the difference is there.

Mind you, I think both will be phenomenal players. I think Spezza may be better at some points in his career, but Staal to me seems like he'll be able to do it for longer. Faster players in their old age slow down into slower players. Slow players in their old age slow down into reverse

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