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Marc Staal

Marc Staal  #18

New York Rangers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 18 BIRTHDATE: January 13, 1987  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 207 DRAFTED: NYR / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (12th overall)
ENTERING THE 2015-16 SEASON: - Is tied for second among NHL defensemen in SHP (eight) and is tied for fourth in SHA (six) since 2010-11 - Ranks second on the Rangers in games played (540) and blocked shots (654), and ranks third among team defensemen in goals (32), assists (99), and points (131) since he joined the team in 2007-08 2014-15 NOTES: - Established a career-high in plus/minus rating (plus-18) and tied a career-high in SHA (two) - Tied for eighth in the NHL in SHA - Tied for fifth among NHL defensemen in SHA, and tied for sixth in SHP (two) - Ranked third on the Rangers in average ice time (21:08), blocked shots (123), and SHA, tied for fourth in SHP, and tied for sixth in plus/minus rating - Skated in his 500th career NHL game on Jan. 13 vs. NYI; became the 12th defenseman in franchise history to skate in 500 games with the team - Ranked third on the Rangers in average ice time (20:40) and blocked shots (29), and led the team in average even strength ice time (18:49) in the playoffs
Brother of Eric and Marc OHL First All-Star Team (2006, 2007) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2006, 2007) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011) Missed majority of 2012-13 due to eye injury vs. Philadelphia, March 5, 2013.
Quote of the Day

It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.

— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process