So we've seen Staal look dejected and unsure almost all year, and it got me wondering how he got there.
Simply put, does anyone think that if Staal hadn't been kept in the NHL his rookie season he'd be a better player now? Here's my logic:
Staal comes to the NHL and has a fantastic first year - 29 goals! But his second year he experiences a first for his career: his production drops. That's right - he scored more goals coming from the OHL to NHL (28 to 29). Granted he scored less points overall in the NHL, but that has to be expected, right?
So once his production drops, I would expect that a lack of confidence would follow. That, plus the gigantic expectations that come with the Staal name, and you've got a pretty pickle of a situation. I wonder if he had more time to develop in the system if he would be so easily affected by dry spells. I mean, everyone has them, it's how you break out of them that matters.
Secondly, what do you think Staal can actually do to be more confident. He looked a little better v. the Blues and Oilers than in some previous games this year. Is it just a matter of time, or can he jumpstart his confidence himself? Is it something MT should be doing?