Much is written about the Pittsburgh Penguins with good reason. They have electric young talent in current NHL scoring leader
In other words, the Penguins don't lack for story lines. And with an 11-4-2 start despite missing top defensemen
With all that, the Penguin who intrigues me is
This is a player who reminds me more of a prototypical winger along the lines of former Big Bad Bruins great
So, instead of thinking Cashman -- who immediately came to mind when I first saw Staal's imposing presence when controlling the puck along the boards -- maybe I should be thinking
In today's NHL, then, who is a comparable big man?
Which brings us back to the major difference where Jordan Staal is concerned: he is slotted as the Penguins' third man in the middle. Coach
In the end, Jordan Staal fits perfectly in Pittsburgh, giving the Penguins enviable depth down the middle. And he still only beginning to realize his full potential.