Some family names are well-known in the NHL. The Sutter family was famous throughout the 1980s and 90s, the Kariya family was in the spotlight in the 90s and the early 2000s, but a new family has taken over.
Coyotes prospect Jared Staal comes from a family of successful NHL players. The 2008 draft pick has three brothers currently playing in the league.
Eric, the oldest, is an alternate captain for the Carolina Hurricanes, Marc is a defenseman for the New York Rangers and Jordan is a forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
While Jared follows a strong hockey bloodline, he is trying to create his own identity with the Coyotes.
“I don’t want to be known as the fourth brother,” said Staal, who was selected in the second round. “A couple of years ago I worried about that a little too much. Now, I put that stuff behind me and play my own game.”
One advantage to having three brothers in the NHL is the advice Jared has received going into his first professional training camp.
“Having three older brothers that went through it all is obviously helpful,” Staal said. “They’ve told me the cliché things. Just work hard, don’t say too much, and you will be noticed.”FACING A FAMILIAR FACE
When the Coyotes rookies take on the Los Angeles Kings rookies on Tuesday and Wednesday, a couple of former college teammates will compete against each other.
Coyotes forward Kyle Turris and Kings defenseman Davis Drewiske both played at the University of Wisconsin last season.
“It is going to be a battle,” Turris said. “He is a really competitive, hard-nosed player. We’re friends, but on the ice, it’s going to be a battle.”TUESDAY’S LINES
The Coyotes forward lines for Tuesday’s game against the Kings are expected to be:Mikkel Boedker
– Kyle Turris – Brett MacLeanViktor Tikhonov
– Kevin Porter – Chad Kolarik
Adam Perry – Colin Long
– Jared Staal
Dusty Collins – Tyler Johnson – Daine Todd