News:Jared Staal made his NHL debut Thursday against the Rangers, skating 12:16, laying five hits and putting one shot on goal in a 4-3 overtime loss.
Analysis: The Panthers and Rangers put on a Jared Staalstravaganza in this one, fielding all four Staal brothers between them -- Eric, Jordan and Jared for the 'Canes, Marc for the Rangers. Jared doesn't quite project to Eric and Jordan's offensive upside, as he's totaled a meager seven points in 52 AHL games this year.
News:Jared Staal will be recalled by the Hurricanes, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: In 52 games with AHL Charlotte, the winger -- who has yet to make his NHL debut -- has just seven points and 25 PIMs, but at 6-4, 200 pounds, he does at least bring size to the table.
News:Jared Staal has been assigned to Charlotte of the AHL, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis:Jared Staal, who has three brothers in the NHL, collected just two points in 13 appearances with Charlotte last year. Still, he's just 21 years old and figures to benefit from more development time outside of hockey's highest level of competition.
News:Jared Staal changed his conditioning program in the offseason and lost 15 pounds, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer.
Analysis: Losing 15 pounds will certainly make Jared Staal quicker, but questions will arise about his strength in front of the net. Jared, the youngest of the four Staal brothers, and the only one not to be in the NHL last season, is confident that he will play in the NHL soon.
News: Staal, the younger brother of Eric, Marc and Jordan Staal -- all currently in the NHL -- is presently in the midst of postseason play with AHL Charlotte, and believes he will someday join his siblings in the NHL, the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Said Jared, "I'm confident in my abilities. I can play at this (AHL) level, I know. And hopefully in the next year or two I can make the jump." In 2010-11, the youngest Staal played 33 games worth of mid-level professional hockey with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, notching six goals and five assists in 33 games. The 20-year-old also appeared in 13 regular-season contests with AHL Charlotte, but had just two points - a goal and an assist.
News:Jared Staal didn't waste any time signing with his big brother's team. The Carolina Hurricanes signed Staal to a three-year entry-level contract Friday, one day after they acquired Eric Staal's younger brother in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes. Carolina obtained Staal from the Coyotes for a fifth-round pick in June's draft. All of his three older brothers play in the NHL, including Eric, a three-time All-Star and the Hurricanes' captain.
Analysis: The 19-year-old forward signed a two-way deal that will pay him $500,000 at the NHL level next season and $525,000 in 2011-12 and 2012-13. He will make $50,000 at the AHL level in all three seasons. If the Hurricanes couldn't sign Staal by June 1, he would have re-entered the draft. Staal posted 12 goals and 49 points in 59 games with Sudbury in 2009-10. He also played five games in the AHL with San Antonio, recording one point. Staal is a project at this point in his career and is nothing more than a long-term Fantasy keeper.
News: Coyotes right wing prospect Jared Staal has totaled four goals and four assists in nine January games for Sudbury of the OHL. The Thunder Bay native has 12 goals and 24 assists in 44 games this season.
Analysis: Yes, Staal is the brother of NHLers Marc, Jordan and Eric. He comes from a great lineage of hockey players, but still has a lot of growing up to do in his own right. Staal is a project at this point in his career and is nothing more than a long-term Fantasy keeper.