Should the Edmonton Oilers trade their top pick for Jordan Staal?

On Hockey Night in Canada, there was much speculation that Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins could be had for the right price, mainly because the Penguins might want to change things up and Staal might want a bigger role on a new team, as he is playing behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin right now. Said analyst Glenn Healey: “This player is not going to ask to be traded but the hockey world knows something has got to happen.”Staal will be 25 in September, but is already a veteran of six NHL seasons. He’s an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-13 season. He has one year left on a $4 million per year contract.

* Staal is coming off his best season, with 25 goals and 50 points in 62 games. He missed a chunk of games this year with a sprained MCL, and an even bigger chunk last year with a broken hand.

* No Pittsburgh forward, save for Sidney Crosby, played against tougher competition than Staal.

* Staal was likely a bit lucky, shooting 17 per cent, four percentage points above his career average. With Crosby out for most of year, and playing behind Evgeni Malkin, Staal had the same position he’d have on the Oilers, top-line centre playing the tough competition, with RNH getting softer competition and far more offensive zone faceoffs.

* In his last four years, he’s been good for about two points every three games.

* Staal is 6-feet, 4-inches, 220 pounds. He won 51 per cent of his faceoffs, and did well on short-handed faceoffs. He had 101 hits in his 61 games.

* Staal was red hot in the playoffs with six goals and nine points in six playoff games. He played almost 20 minutes a game, but got less than half the power play time of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. /

7 Responses to Should the Edmonton Oilers trade their top pick for Jordan Staal?

  1. mtl_prince says:

    NO, NO, NO

    They better keep Staal, Crosby is going to the habs after next season, especially if McGuire becomes the G.M.

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    Oilers definitely do not need Staal on their team, especially if the cost is Yakupov. I mean go for it if the cost is Hemsky/MPS + Omark or something but they have no good reason to give up the 1st overall pick for a 2nd line center (behind RNH is likely is) who is a UFA next season.

  3. 3rdLinePenguinsStars says:

    HA!!!  Here's to dreaming buddy!!!

    They'll both be Pens for a long, long time….

  4. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Yeah, I agree. Crosby is staying in Pittsburgh. But Staal is marketable. He's a great piece on any team, he'll bring a lot back to an already good looking Pittsburgh team.

  5. mojo19 says:


    Jordan Staal is a really good hockey player, but he's a bit overrated, mostly because he's revered and praised for his outstanding defensive abilities that really don't exist, at least not to the extent that the media would have you believe.
  6. reinjosh says:

    I wouldn't say they don't really exist? He has them but they aren't at the top level many suggest. He's valuable because he plays an all around offensive, defensive and big bodied game.

    I think because he's behind Crosby and Malkin, many assume he's hidden. I think people raise his value because of that, assuming if he were to be on a team without those two, he'd be a top line guy easy. That's the mystery of Jordan Staal and everyone loves a mystery.
  7. mojo19 says:

    I'm not saying he doesn't have any defensive abilities. He's a decent player in his own end most of the time (although you would never tell by these playoffs…) but my problem is that the analysts and many fans make him out to be a Mike Peca but he's really not like that at all.

    Also Malkin only played in 37 games last year, Crosby also missed the last half of the season and it was up to Staal. He was the man and we got a glimpse of Staal as the first line centre for about half a season. The result? The Penguins did really well, and Staal was a major part of it.
    This season with Crosby out, Staal was the 2nd line centre for a while and he really thrived in that role, putting up career numbers. 50 pts in 62 games is solid, especially with it being half goals.
    I would have no problem with the Leafs targeting Jordan Staal, in fact I'd love to see it, but lets not go crazy on this guy, thinking he's this outstanding 2-way hockey player. He's good but he's not winning any Selke's in his future.

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