Lets say Staal is not quiet ready to be in the NHL next year. Its pretty obvious that going beack to juniors will not be very benefitial. So my question is, is it possible that Staal could sign over in Europe for a year?
It's not necessarily true that playing another year in juniors won't be beneficial. Playing in Europe probably is not even an option. It's a totally different game over there. He'd have to adjust to the larger rink, and then readjust to the North American rink when he comes back over the following year. Better off for him to head back to junior if he's not ready next year.