Q: Where does Jordan Staal fit on this roster?Interesting, but surely he was meaning that Staal will tell them, through his play, how much PP and PK time he will get, right? Because in a contract year getting to decide on playing top 6 minutes (like he did in a rookie season scoring 29 goals along the way) and anchoring a 3rd line (where he scored 12 goals last season).
A: We've talked about it internally, and my only thing with the coaches is that where Jordan plays benefits the hockey team. He can play center and left wing, and as he's shown, he can play both well. Does he play 4-on-4, penalty kill and power play? It's up to Jordan, really, to answer that question for us. But we're in a luxury of having him in a lot of positions, and we're confident he'll play well wherever.
Staal, through last week's interview with the USA Today seems to already have answered the question verbally pretty clearly:
I believe I'm a top six guy and I want to play up there," he said. "I want to fit somewhere in that puzzle.