Is Paul Stastny going to be the next Brett Hull?? .....for American hockey!
I am not trying to compare the playing styles of the two men, nor am I comparing their talent levels here.
I simply see a lot of similarities in the two players lives, and their personal situations.
Both come from Hall of Fame fathers, which can't be easy.
Both were never rated as future all-star prospects during their draft year, even though I think Stastny was rated relatively well his draft year, but not in the elite.
Both did the college route, with Brett Hull doing it at a time when very few Canadian born players went that way to the NHL.
Both are born in Canada, and yet have strong ties to the Stars and Stripes. I know Stastny has represented the USA before (the Viking Cup I believe), but any info on if the Avs don't make the playoffs, will Paul represent the US at the World Championships?
I know Paul has spent the vast majority, if not the entirety of his youth hockey playing in the States, just wondering if he is the next Hull/Deadmarsh/Knuble for the US.
It is funny to think that Paul as a rookie would almost top the point list for American players (he might be number one, but I didnt look to see if he had more points then Jason Blake).
Any info on what side of the fence he would play for would be helpful.