penny lane wrote:I just don't understand how Jordan Staal can no longer protect the puck as he did as a rookie. Mystifying.
I think it is because too often he is not moving his feet. 230lbs moving is a lot harder to control than 230 lbs standing still and trying to shield you. Players are backing off from his body and using their stick. I just don't think he is ever going to score or be as dangerous as he was in his rookie year.
His best game of the year was against his brother and Carolina, and he was skating hard all night. Last night, and too many nights the last 2 seasons, he has been watching the play and skating only after "deciding" he should go after the puck. At the NHL level, that is too late, especially for a guy who is not quick off the blocks.
He needs to skate harder every second, and also make it a point to drive the net. Stop and start play and perimeter play are not his strong suits.