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Birthdate: Sept. 10, 1988
2005-06 Club: Peterborough (CAN) Stats
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.
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Top European Skaters
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Top North American Skaters