2headedmonster8771 wrote:Honest questions about Staal. Only answer them being honest.
What is so good about him? Why are people defending him despite it being clearly obvious that he has been the biggest disappointment this year? What do people see in him that I dont? Dont give me age or potential here.
Is he tough? IMO NO, weak as hell on the puck, cant establish himself in front on a PP if his life depended on it.
Does he have a good shot? IMO NO, have never seen him score a nice goal from 20 feet out. Can only score on breakaways/right in front of the net.
Does he make his wingers better? IMO NO, has no vision, not a good passer.
Puck explodes off his stick every time, ect...what is so good about this guy???
I will rehash my post again
So he has not worked out so far on the PP, its not easy to playing that role in front of the net on the PP, people seem to think big body in front = tons of goals. I am sorry, go ask Thomas Holdstrom of DET how easy it is to play in front of the net, he was not the machine he now on Det PP when he first started in this league, there are very few players who can play in front of the net on a PP in the NHL. Malone was not good ont he PP when he started out too, give him some time to figure it out, its not as easy as you think
People also think Staal need to be a playmaking center and be the offensive force behind his line, sorry he is not Malkin and Crosby, he is a solid two way player that needs someone one his wing to take the pressure of him and be the creative one on the line with him. He is great along the boards and winning those battles and really can generate a cycle. Next time you watch a game,pay attention there are at least 4-5 shifts where staal’s lines generates a good cycle, but they can’t generate anything from it. Staal needs to play with someone that can do the creating.
For all the we should have traded staal for a winger people. Besides Jagr and Kovalev in the last 10 years, please name me name me another penguins winger who qualifies as a good scoring winger? (not counting hossa cause he was a rental at this point) and then i want you to tell me if you would trade that person for Staal..