Oct 17, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) skates with the puck against Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Josh Leivo (32) at the Air Canada Centre. The Hurricanes beat the Maple Leafs 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Revisiting The Jordan Staal Trade

On June 22, 2012, The Carolina Hurricanes traded Brandon Sutter, along with prospect Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick of that nights NHL Entry Draft to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The eighth pick of that draft was defenseman Derrick Pouliot. The Carolina Hurricanes received Jordan Staal.

Canes fans were divided for the most part at the time of the trade. Some people thought the Hurricanes got a steal for the Selke candidate forward, but some other people thought the the Hurricanes over payed big time for Jordan Staal. At the time of the trade, I thought the trade was a very good move for the team and the franchise moving forward. Let’s review the trade again, over one year later.

Before the trade, Jordan Staal was a third line center for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He got time on powerplay, but he really shined on the penalty kill.

The exact same thing applies to former Hurricane center Brandon Sutter. I was one of the Brandon Sutter lovers when he was a Hurricane. He played some powerplay time, but he was mainly relied on as a penalty killer and a defensive forward. It seems like he will remain a third line center for the rest of his career.

Brian Dumoulin, who has yet to play an NHL game, is a big two-way defenseman. He projects to be a top four defenseman some day. He would have been a nice defenseman to have, for sure, but it was easier to give him up than it was to give up Brandon Sutter.

For the eighth overall pick, it is always tough to give up a top ten draft pick. Pittsburgh selected Derrick Pouliot, but the Hurricanes could have selected someone else. I remember Fillip Forsberg was available at that point, and he was the third ranked prospect in the draft by TSN. He was later taken by Washington and he now plays for Nashville after being traded there.

It’s hard to say who won the trade. For this type of trade, it takes longer than a year to decide, but we can say that Jordan Staal needs to produce more in order for Carolina to win this trade.

Jordan Staal’s first year in Carolina will be described as a disappointment, even by Jordan Staal. Does this mean Jordan Staal is a failure? Of course not, but he is now getting paid six million dollars for the next ten years. He needs to play like that kind of player in order for Carolina to get the better end of that deal.

So, what are reasonable expectations for Jordan? In a second line, second powerplay unit, first unit penalty killer role, I want to see at least fourty- five points a year with a selke worthy defensive game. Is that wanting to much? Not for a player that gets paid six million dollars. Six million dollars is star money, so Jordan Staal needs to play like a star.

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