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A Family Tradition

by Jeremy Lemoine / Boston Bruins
With the 2006 NHL Entry Draft coming up on June 24 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, B.C., has jumped into our yearly draft coverage. This week, will look at the top five prospects in this summer's draft.

BOSTON - Jordan Staal enters this summer’s NHL Entry Draft ranked second on the Central Scouting Report. For Staal, the draft is becoming second nature as he already has two brothers in the NHL.

Jordan Staal is the focal point in a pool of forwards for the June 24 draft in Vancouver. At 6’4”, 215 pounds, Jordan is the epitome of a power forward. He finished the 2005-06 season with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League with 28-40=68 totals in 68 games played.

“(Jordan) Staal is projected to be a power forward,” said Scott Bradley, Bruins Director of Amateur Scouting. “He’s good stock with where his brother’s Eric and Marc, and another brother projected to be a first rounder (in a couple years). There is a good bloodline there.”

Thunder Bay, Ontario is a well-known place throughout the NHL now. The Staal family has already sent two brothers to the league and another two are certainly on their way. It is shaping up to be a storied family tradition.

Eric, 21, is currently competing in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Carolina Hurricanes. With the Hurricanes holding a commanding three-to-one series lead over Edmonton, the 2003 second overall draft pick could be the first brother in the family to raise Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The New York Rangers drafted Marc, 19, in the No. 12 position of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. After spending the season with his junior club, the Sudbury Wolves, Marc joined the Rangers in the first round of this season’s playoffs.

The youngest Staal, Jared (15), is projected to be a first rounder in 2008 or 2009.

It looks as though television and radio announcers will be saying the last name Staal for years and years to come.

Central Scouting Report:

Is a premier 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 throughout the season he was used on the point on the power play and is also an excellent penalty killer … 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 … Peterborough’s 1st pick, 3rd overall in the 2004 OHL priority selection … was a member of Team Canada for the 2005 Junior World Cup … was voted to the 2006 CHL Top Prospects game in Ottawa … selected to play in the 2005 CHL Russia Challenge … voted to the 2006 OHL All-Star game in Belleville … older brother Eric, also a Peterborough grad, plays for the Carolina Hurricanes; brother Marc was a 1st round pick of the New York Rangers in 2005 … voted to the 2004-05 OHL 2nd All Rookie Team.

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) … if he could have dinner with any three people he would invite Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jim Carrey because “they’re all hilarious.”
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