Henry Hank wrote:The rookie year put expectations through the roof and they're at a level unreasonable for what Staal seems to be capable of right now. If he had come into the league last year, people would be praising his defensive game and instincts and would be willing to be patient with him. Because he scored 29 goals the year before that, now there's something major wrong with him because he's not a big point producer at age 20.
For better or worse, people need to just let him be what he is right now and develop like a normal player. The Pens may not be able to have that patience do to the realities of free agency these days, but that's no reason to take it out on Staal. I'm about sick of hearing about the many things that are wrong with his offensive game. People have acknowledged here that it takes bigger guys longer to develop. I don't see why Staal should be different. He's being asked to be a third line center now, and from what I see, he's playing good D, winning faceoffs, and killing penalties well, just as he did in the playoff run. We don't need threads after every game breaking down his offensive game.
helmespc wrote:I'm pretty sure he lost confidence after reading some of the posts on this board.
Bob McKenzie wrote:He has all of the skills and talent but just doesn't play with emotion and hustle anymore it seems.
littlemoonboot wrote:helmespc wrote:I'm pretty sure he lost confidence after reading some of the posts on this board.
God help any player that sits up surfing the internet and wrings his hands over what fans say about him!
dagny wrote:Bob McKenzie wrote:He has all of the skills and talent but just doesn't play with emotion and hustle anymore it seems.
Yet, we've seen him do this, kick it up a few notches, in the games against his brothers.
Imo, that where the conundrum lies.
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