Staal scored a short-handed goal and picked up three assists -- two on the power play -- in a 5-3 win over the Oilers on Tuesday. Staal had been held without a point in his first three contests to open the new season, but posting four points is a great way to end that skid. However, it looks like this performance might simply be a blip on the radar for the 29-year-old forward; over the last two games, he's recorded just two shots on goal and has seen his ice time drop from 21:55 on Opening Night to just 17:48 during his big night against Edmonton.
Staal didn't register a point and took just two shots on goal in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Wild. The good news is that Staal saw plenty of ice time in the season opener -- 21:55 including 4:28 on the power play -- centering the Canes' top line between Sebastian Aho and Elias Lindholm. As long as he continues to see monster minutes like this, fantasy owners shouldn't worry about a drop in production. Staal has delivered point totals in the 45-50 point range in three of the past four seasons, making him a very dependable fantasy commodity. Start him with confidence.
Staal closed the season with a pair of assists in his last two contests, bringing his regular-season tally to 45 points in 75 games. Staal was once again the Hurricanes' top center for most of the season, skating mostly with newcomers Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho. Now halfway through a 10-year deal that will keep him with the Hurricanes until the 2021-22 season, Staal figures to remain a top-six forward for the Hurricanes for the foreseeable future. From a fantasy perspective, he now has two consecutive seasons in the mid- to upper 40-point range; however, if the team around him continues to improve with guys like Aho and Teravainen, you could see Staal wind up cracking the 50-point plateau as soon as next season.
Staal scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over Nashville. He's been on an offensive tear of late with seven points, including six assists, in his last six games. Staal could be available on the wire in deep leagues because of his overall stats (40 points in 62 games). Check.
Staal registered two assists, two shots on net, two hits and a plus-3 rating during Monday's win over the Islanders. The veteran center has turned in a respectable fantasy campaign with 13 goals and 38 points through 59 games. He's a key cog for the Hurricanes, and Carolina has four more games this week, so Staal is a potential grab in weekly settings or for owners desperate to pad their counting stats. Otherwise, Staal is nothing more than a middling asset in the majority of seasonal leagues.
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