Nizzy wrote:shmenguin wrote:Nizzy wrote:I'd gladly wait 6-7 years for him to FULLY develop if that means getting a Lecavalier-type talented player.
staal will be nothing like lecavalier. i agree that this year isn't the final straw, but comparing him to a guy like vinny doesn't make sense.
what's weird is that staal had a good couple of games this weekend. he works well with malkin and he showed some good stuff coming through the neutral zone. but he's big and he didn't level anyone, so i guess he's now on the block?
I disagree. Staal is has the same frame just like him. Like Staal, Lecavalier didn't put up amazing (decent but not amazing) numbers at these ages 18-20. I believe Vinny finally mature into that big body and once staal does the same and uses it to his advantages he will be close to just as good.
I highly doubt we will keep Crosby/Malkin/Staal for their whole careers. Its near impossible in todays NHL. However to say we are dumping Staal after this year is ridiculous.
lecavalier is quick, flashy and has a wicked shot. he showed all of that early on, he just didn't know how to use these tools. staal doesn't fit into this mold. bertuzzi in his prime would be more what we can hope for (without the propensity for assault).