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After six years with the club, Jordan Staal was recently traded to the Hurricanes.
The Penguins brought in center Jordan Staal with the second overall pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft.
Staal was a cornerstone during his time with the Penguins. He was an incredible offensive force who could be relied on to score more than 40 points a season. At 6'4" and 220 pounds, he also brought an important physical presence to the ice.
He was also dangerous on the penalty kill. Staal was skilled at breaking up offense with his poke check. Add in the fact that he was notorious at scoring shorthanded goals, and he’s a player any team would value when playing a man down.
Staal spent most of his time with the Penguins on the third line. He brought important depth to the lineup, but was underutilized in that position. This ended up being a factor in what led to his trade.
At the 2012 draft, the Penguins traded Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes. In return for reuniting him with his brother Eric, the Penguins received Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick that became Derrick Pouliot.
Sure, the Penguins will miss Staal. After all, he was pretty instrumental in the team winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.
Even so, he contributed a lot to the team while he was there. Add in the fact that the Penguins get a good deal from the ‘Canes, and Jordan Staal is easily one of their best first-round draft picks.