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NHL Draft Prospect Report: Jordan Staal

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets will profile one of the top-10 draft prospects each day for the next 10 days leading up to the draft on Saturday, June 24. The Jackets select sixth in the NHL Draft. Click here to see the Draft History of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jordan Staal
Position: Center
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Sept. 10, 1988
2005-06 Club: Peterborough (CAN) Stats

Personal Profile:
Nickname is Staalzy ¦ favorite team is Vancouver ¦ favorite player is Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi ¦ wears number 11 because he has always had it ¦ says his parents have had the most influence on his career because "they have helped me get this far"  ¦ patterns his game after Bertuzzi in being a power forward  ¦ most admires Bobby Orr because he is "so down to earth while being really famous" ¦ most memorable hockey game played was the playoffs against Belleville because "we knocked them out" ¦ most memorable hockey game watched was the 2002 Olympic gold medal game  ¦ favorites include: Whose Line Is It Anyways (TV show), Wedding Crashers (movie), Vince Vaughn (actor) and Collective Soul (musical group).

Central Scouting Report:
Is a perimeter forward who is an excellent skater with a wide base style that makes him solid on his skates ¦ has a long fluid stride with very good agility and speed ¦ uses his tremendous size and long reach to protect the puck very well ¦ possesses a powerful shot both slap and wrist that he gets off quickly and accurately ¦ sees the ice very well and is able to move the puck through traffic with hard or soft passes as the situation calls for both on the forehand and backhand ¦ is an excellent face-off man, who seldom loses a draw, and is often used to take important face offs ¦ has the ability to tie up the opposing center and use his feet to kick the puck back but also wins many draws cleanly ¦ at times during throughout the season he was used on the point of the power-play and is also an excellent penalty killer ¦ uses his long reach very well to block the passing lanes ¦ gives a solid two-way effort and is a quiet type of competitor who uses very good anticipation and hockey sense rather than physical strength to be effective defensively ¦ not a punishing type of player but does get involved in traffic and is able to separate opponents from the puck ¦ was a member of Team Canada for the 2005 Junior World Cup ¦ was voted to the 2006 CHL Top Prospects game in Ottawa ¦ voted to the OHL All-Star game in Belleville ¦ older brother Eric plays for the Carolina Hurricanes; brother Marc was a 1st round pick of the New York Rangers in 2005.

For a complete list of all the top prospects:
Top European Goalies
Top European Skaters
Top North American Goalies
Top North American Skaters

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