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How did Staal do in the playoffs?


Staal didn't have as great a showing in this year's playoffs compared to last year's (and of course, neither did the team), but I thought he was particularly underwhelming at times. Considering he makes 4 million a year, I was personally expecting a little bit more out him.

I can take his inconsistent to below average faceoff numbers as long as he scores at a solid pace and plays good defense. But he finished the playoffs with a meager 3g, 2a in 11 games and was a -4. He also didn't do much better when looking at the advanced stats. Here's one blogger's look at it:

...But while Malkin may have had an underwhelming playoffs, Staal was worse.  In fact, of the Penguins top three lines, the only line that got outscored – the only line where all three players had minus ratings – was Staal’s line.  Staal was a minus in the playoffs this year, a minus in the playoffs last year, and a minus in the playoffs the year before that.  We can talk about ice-time and circumstance, and they matter, but Malkin hasn’t been a minus player once in the last three playoff years and has outscored Staal by a 3:1 ratio over that time period.  That’s significant, and there’s a big drop off between a world-class player in Malkin in the #2 slot and a pretty good player in Staal in the #3 slot.

Here's a link to the full story:

http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2010/05/17/the-penguins-dont-need-to-trade-malkin/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HockeyOrDie+%28Hockey+or+Die%29

I don't think we should trade Staal, but I think it's about time that the team start considering developing his offensive talents a bit more.Thoughts?

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