Off The Post: Jordan Staal‘s Game Winning Goals Fuel Hurricanes – Hurricanes center, Jordan Staal scored the game-winning goal against the Flyers to end the regular season and afterwards he was ready to talk about the postseason and how his team would handle it. So far they’ve been able to do what he laid out and he won a big OT game against the Islanders in the first game of Round 2. After the Hurricanes’ final regular season game, Staal chatted with Russ Cohen.
Jordan Staal – Player Profile
The talented Canadian center was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1988. He began his junior career with the Peterborough Petes in the OHL. In his second year with the Petes, he scored 68 points in 68 games and helped lead his team to the J. Ross Robertson Cup. Staal was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the second overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He became the third Staal to be drafted in the NHL behind his brothers Marc and Eric.
Early in his NHL career, Jordan Staal earned a reputation as one of the best shorthanded goal scorers/penalty killers in the league. He scored his first NHL goal in a shorthanded breakaway against New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Staal set multiple NHL records in his rookie season. He became the youngest player to record a two-goal game. In that game, both goals were came on the penalty kill which made him the youngest player to score two shorthanded goals in one game. To top it off, one of those goals was a penalty shot. This made Staal the youngest player to score a penalty shot. He would finish the season with 29 goals, second in rookie goal-scoring behind teammate Evgeni Malkin. Malkin would win the Calder Cup that year, with Staal finishing third in voting.
Collectors can find Jordan Staal’s Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card in 2006-07 Series 1. Staal has rookie cards in a good number of 2006-07 Upper Deck Hockey products including Trilogy, SPx, O-Pee-Chee, The Cup and more!
Staal would help the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2009. He netted two goals and added one assist in the seven game series. In a pivotal game 4, Staal scored a shorthanded goal to help his team earn the win. After six seasons in Pittsburgh, the Penguins traded Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2012 Draft. Shortly after the trade, Staal signed a 10-year extension with the Hurricanes.
In seven seasons with the Hurricanes, Staal has scored 262 points (97 goals, 165 assists) in 462 games. He’s had a strong playoffs for the Hurricanes in 2019 with seven points (four goals, three assists). Carolina has a 2-0 lead over the New York Islanders in their second round match-up.
Jordan Staal – Career Stats
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Baseball’s Best Rookies
Numbers Don’t Lie: Mets: The Biggest Numbers in Mets History
100 Ranger Greats: Superstars, Unsung Heroes and Colorful Characters
100 Things Rangers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
“Strike Three!” – A Player’s Journey through the Infamous Baseball Strike of 1994
The Winter Classic: The NHL’s Savior
The Philadelphia Flyers: Images of Sports
Pioneers of Baseball
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