Jared Staal, RW
Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ont.
Drafted: 2008 2nd round 49th overall – Phoenix Coyotes
July 2013 – Staal has been extended a qualifying offer by The Carolina Hurricanes and will most likely spend a lot of this contract in the AHL with the Carlotte Checkers. Staal is a responsible forward defensively and is a fantastic grinder, but his offensive talents are somewhat lacking. Staal will see himself in a Checkers sweater for some time to come but if called upon by Carolina he will most likely see time on the third or fourth line and maybe the penalty kill unit. Staal is a depth forward at best and shouldn’t be looked upon for offensive prowess. Andrew Ward
February 2012 – Staal was originally selected by Coyotes in 2008 draft and later traded to the Hurricanes organization to be united with older brother, Eric. Carries the big body and physical side for the pros, although does not have the offensive skills of being a strong skater or stick handler. Last season spent time in both AHL and ECHL. He is currently developing game in the AHL again with Charlotte. Still a project.
Fantasy Outlook: C-
Staal has a big frame and physical presence yet lacks the scoring touch and determination as his older brother Eric.
Jared Staal shows his fighting ability in recent game in AHL with Charlotte Checkers on 2/11/2012:
Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR’s released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):
2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:
A great boom-or-bust player for the ‘Yotes to roll the dice on. His name alone is worth the risk. Blessed with natural talent, but cursed with a ‘devil may care’ attitude, the team will patiently give him shot after shot until he gets it right. As an 18-year-old, the youngest Staal brother was expected to easily top a point per game in the OHL. However, he fell far short, stumbling through a couple of dry spells and falling flat in the playoffs. He was also pointless during a five-game AHL cup of coffee. All we can hope for is a strong camp in the fall and an 80-point year in junior for 2009-10. If he can do that, he’s worth keeping on the radar. Regardless, the wait on Jared will be at least four years.
Upside: Second liner (30-45-75, 50 PIM)
Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 65%; 30%
2008 Fantasy Prospects Report:
You see that right- a 20 goal improvement over his OHL rookie year. That’s the ‘ole Staal bloodlines at work. Interestingly enough, Jordan improved by 40 points in his draft year as compared to his rookie year, Eric 36. But does this mean Jared should hop to the top of your list? Err, no. While the youngest Staal doesn’t turn 18 until two months after the draft, his skills have not improved to those six months older. And that’s ultimately what matters. While a great crease-crasher with soft hands and a long, frustrating reach, Staal’s speed, vision and shot selection are still not up to OHL star par, let alone NHL. Perhaps worst of all is the lack of a mean attitude. While a lack of talent is a lack of talent, Jared can control how mean he plays. It’s also worth noting that Staal’s best stretch of production came in February with the addition of Eric O’Dell.
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Jared Staal statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects