Over the next few weeks, Cardiac Cane will take a look at every player on the Carolina Hurricanes and see how they played in the 2013-2014 season.
2013-2014 Regular Season Stats: 82 games played, 15 goals, 25 assists, 40 points, +2
Jordan Staal‘s season in 2013-2014 disappointed a lot of people, but I think that a lot of the blame Staal received was unjust. That being said, he needed to produce more considering his $6 million salary.
Many people expect Jordan Staal to score at a point per game pace, but that is unrealistic. If Jordan Staal can score 20+ goals, get 50+ points, have at least a 50% faceoff rate, and can be a plus player, he is well worth the $6 million dollars. If he does all of this, it means he was a big contributor on offense, defense, and in the faceoff circle.
Unfortunately, Jordan Staal fell short in two of those four categories this season. His goals did not meet expectations, even though it appeared that he would easily reach 20 at the Olympic break. He also fell 10 points under 50.
On the bright side, he finished as a +2. Jordan Staal also finished with a 54.4% faceoff percentage, which ranked second on the Carolina Hurricanes behind Manny Malhotra (59.4%).
Jordan Staal played most of the season with Patrick Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe. While they are two good bottom-six options, they are definitely not second line players. Had Jordan Staal been put in a better situation with better players, he would’ve likely reached 20 goals and 50 points. Because of that, I think it’s a bit unfair to put a lot of blame on Jordan Staal for his season.
Jordan Staal finished 2nd on the Carolina Hurricanes in corsi with 54% and a +5.2% in relative corsi. He improved in both of those categories from the 2013 season.
Jordan Staal had a good season for the Carolina Hurricanes. He took a lot of steps forward from his first year with the Carolina Hurricanes, and he will look to become a high end player next season.
End of Year Grade: B