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12 Eric Staal C
Height/Weight: 6-4/205 | Birthdate: 10/29/1984 | Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada | Team: Carolina Hurricanes | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 93/70 | Average Draft Position: 67.08
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1/27/2015

Eric Staal, C, CAR Two-Pointer For Canes' E. Staal

Eric Staal

Two-Pointer For Canes' E. Staal

News: Eric Staal scored the game's opening goal and assisted on Jiri Tlusty's third-period insurance tally in Tuesday's win over the Lightning.
Analysis: After posting a two-goal game in Carolina's final contest before the All-Star break, Eric Staal delivered a shining encore more than a week later. He's certainly got the talent to have a second-half renaissance and at least make a run at 60 points.

1/19/2015

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Pots Two In Win

News: Eric Staal bagged a pair of goals in Monday's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
Analysis: Eric Staal started off the season a bit slowly, but he's now got eight goals in his last 11 contests to bring his total to 15 on the year. The 30-year-old won't put up the same kind of offensive production as he was able to earlier in his career, but he still could eclipse the 50-point mark by the end of the year.

1/11/2015

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' Staal Keeps Sizzling

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Keeps Sizzling

News: Eric Staal potted his 13th goal of the season and attempted four shots in Saturday's shootout loss to the Blues.
Analysis: The 30-year-old now has goals in six of his last seven games, finally providing the type of production expected from a franchise center. The lack of talent on his supporting cast will drag down Eric Staal's plus/minus and probably result in a dry spell sooner or later, but he remains a viable play across most formats while the points trickle in steadily.

1/7/2015

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' Staal Tallies Two Points

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Tallies Two Points

News: Eric Staal factored into both of Carolina's goals Tuesday in a loss to Nashville, scoring the first and assisting on the second -- both on the power play.
Analysis: After one game off the scoresheet, Eric Staal showed some newfound consistency by jumping back on in this one, leaving him at a point-per-game pace over the last six contests. The buy-low window is closing fast.

1/2/2015

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' E.Staal Continues To Find Twine

Eric Staal

Canes' E.Staal Continues To Find Twine

News: Eric Staal scored for the third straight game Friday, netting the game-winning goal against the Flyers.
Analysis: Eric Staal is now riding a four-game point streak (three goals, one assist), firing 14 shots on goal in that span. With 22 points (10 goals) in 33 games, Staal has been a fairly reliable fantasy option this season. Before this recent streak, however, the 30-year-old had gone pointless in nine of his last 11 games, showcasing his inconsistency. He is trending upwards right now, though, so take advantage.

12/31/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Scores In Loss

News: Eric Staal tallied a goal in Wednesday's game against the Penguins.
Analysis: Eric Staal's first period goal turned out to be all the Canes could muster, as they ended up falling 2-1. Staal now has nine goals and 12 assists in 32 games this season, and is currently on a three game point streak.

12/29/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Staal Scores Only Goal For Carolina In Loss

News: Eric Staal scored Carolina's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Montreal on Monday.
Analysis: The goal was just Eric Staal's eighth of the season, a disappointing total for what was once a top center in the NHL. There have been rumors that the Canes would consider dealing Staal should the right offer come along, perhaps a change of scenery would so both sides some good.

12/22/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Sits Out Of Practice Monday

News: Eric Staal was held out of Monday's practice, although he has routinely missed practice of late while still playing come game time, Michael Smith of Hurricanes.NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal has been dealing with some foot issues since the beginning of December which has caused him to continually sit out of practices. That being said, his unavailability for practice hasn't posed any problems for him when actual games roll around, so he should be deployed as usual when Carolina faces New Jersey on Tuesday.

12/18/2014

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Eric Staal

E. Staal Tallies Two Assists For 'Canes

News: Eric Staal collected his first assists in the month of December in Thursday's 4-1 win over Toronto, dishing two -- one on an empty-netter.
Analysis: His last helper came on Nov. 29, and Eric Staal had totaled just a lonely goal in the seven games since. It's been slow going in the first half of the year for the star center, who even after the two-point evening is on his worst point-scoring pace since his 2003-04 rookie season.

12/11/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' E. Staal Suiting Up Wednesday

Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Suiting Up Wednesday

News: Eric Staal, who missed Wednesday's practice for maintenance purposes, will be in the lineup Thursday against the Bolts.
Analysis: As coach Bill Peters indicated following Wednesday's session, Eric Staal's absence doesn't seem to be anything to worry about. He assumed his usual spot on the Hurricanes' top line at their morning skate and should play close to his 19:30 average of ice time Tuesday. Still, it's worth wondering how truly healthy Staal is, as he's been held without a point in all four of his December contests thus far.

12/10/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Hurricanes' E. Staal Takes Maintenance Day

News: Eric Staal was absent from Wednesday's practice, but coach Bill Peters said the forward is still expected to play Thursday versus the Lightning, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal dealt with a foot injury coming into Monday's game against the Devils, but he ended up suiting up for 19 unimpressive minutes, attempting just two shots on goal during that game. Wednesday's maintenance day should offer him some useful recovery time from the injury, but he could still notice diminished effectiveness even if he plays Thursday.

12/8/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Will Play Monday

News: Eric Staal (foot) will play Monday against the Devils, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal suffered a minor foot injury in Sunday's game against the Red Wings, but the setback will not prevent him from playing Monday. Steal will center the Hurricanes' top line and be flanked by Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm.

12/8/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Has Foot Injury

News: Eric Staal is dealing with a foot injury after blocking a shot Sunday against the Red Wings, Tom Gulitti of the Record reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal took part in the team's morning skate Monday, but was skating gingerly, and left the ice early. His status for Monday's matchup with the Devils looks to be questionable at best at this point.

11/26/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' E. Staal Picks Up Assist In Loss To Avs

Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Picks Up Assist In Loss To Avs

News: Eric Staal registered an assist during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Avalanche. It was his fifth point in his last three games.
Analysis: Eric Staal has been a key offensive force for the resurgent Canes the last few weeks, with 11 points in 13 games since returning from a five-game absence due to an upper-body injury. Moreover, Staal has not gone more than two games without scoring a point this season, displaying the kind of consistency that fantasy hockey owners crave. As long as he's healthy, Staal should be in your fantasy lineup every time he laces up his skates.

11/19/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Staal Carries 'Canes Tuesday

News: Eric Staal provided two goals and an assist Tuesday, propelling the 'Canes to a 6-4 win over the Stars.
Analysis: Amazingly, this was Eric Staal's first multi-point game of the season. Stick with him in your lineups, as it won't be the last.

11/6/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR Canes' Staal Nets Goal In Win

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Nets Goal In Win

News: Eric Staal scored his second goal of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Eric Staal's now played in six games and has five points to show for it. In the four games since returning from the upper body injury that held him out of action for over two weeks, he has a goal and two assists. Whatever lingering issues may have been present at first appear to be gone.

10/29/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Back In Lineup

News: Eric Staal (upper body) was back in the lineup for Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks, registering a third-period assist along with five shots on goal in 19:50 of ice time. "I felt good, I felt like my pace was there and created some offense and some good looks," Staal said after the game.
Analysis: Fantasy-wise, Eric Staal is a bit of a question mark this year. The 0-6-2 Hurricanes are off to their worst start in franchise history, so unless things turn around for the team - and quickly - Staal may be hard-pressed to put up the kind of numbers we've seen from him over the years, which is usually 70+ points a season, although that number dipped to just 61 last year. Staal should still be one of the better players on what is proving to be a very bad team, but you should still temper your expectations for him accordingly.

10/27/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Will Play Tuesday

News: Eric Staal (upper body) will be in the lineup Tuesday against the Canucks, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal collected a goal and an assist in two games before getting hurt, and will finally make his return to the lineup Tuesday. He racked up 21 goals and 40 assists in 79 games last season, and should be a solid fantasy center if he's healthy.

10/27/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Back At Practice

News: Eric Staal (upper body) was a full participant at Monday's practice, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal was back to wearing a regular sweater at Monday's team practice, indicating that he has likely been cleared for contact. He'll need to be activated from IR before he can return, but it sounds like that roster move will come sooner rather than later.

10/22/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal (Upper Body) Placed On IR

News: Eric Staal (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, retroactive to Oct. 11.
Analysis: The upper-body ailment has already sidelined Eric Staal for well over a week, so he'll be eligible to come off IR at any time, but the expectation is that he'll miss at least a couple more games. Brody Sutter was recalled to provide depth until Staal returns.

10/21/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Hurricanes' Staal Skates In No-Contact Sweater

News: Eric Staal (upper body) skated Tuesday in a no-contact jersey, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' website reports.
Analysis: It's a good sign that Eric Staal was able to take the ice Tuesday, but he is not ready to play just yet. He will likely miss several more games, but he could return to action Oct. 28 against the Canucks.

10/19/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Staal (Upper Body) Skates Sunday

News: Eric Staal (upper body) skated by himself Sunday and could return during the road trip at Vancouver.
Analysis: Eric Staal left the game Oct. 11 against the Islanders with an upper body injury that was feared to be a concussion, but was later determined not the case. The trip to Vancouver is next Tuesday, meaning coach Bill Peters believes Staal is still at least a week away from returning.

10/17/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' E. Staal Likely Out Until Late Next Week

News: Eric Staal (upper body) is not expected to return to action until the latter half of the Hurricanes' road trip beginning next week.
Analysis: After a break in their schedule over the weekend, the Hurricanes will resume play Tuesday in Winnipeg, but Eric Staal likely won't be available until before the team's Oct. 23 tilt with the Flames. The Hurricanes will wait and see how he progresses over the next few days before determining if an IR stint will be necessary.

10/16/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Hurricanes Rule Out E. Staal For Thursday

News: Eric Staal (upper body) will not be in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Analysis: Eric Staal will miss his second straight game and is considered day-to-day, but coach Bill Peters said he doesn't have a clear idea when the center might be available. With a number of their top players ailing, the Hurricanes should benefit from the five-day break in their schedule after Thursday's game, but if Staal is still hurting next week, a move to injured reserve would likely be considered.

10/13/2014

Eric Staal, C, CAR

Eric Staal

Canes' Staal Not Concussed

News: Eric Staal (upper body) does not have a concussion, Michael Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Stall will still sit out Tuesday's game against the Sabres, but it's certainly encouraging to hear that he doesn't have a concussion. There's no word yet on the exact nature of Eric Staal's injury, so it's safest to consider him say-to-day for now.