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Eric Staal | Center | #12

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 208
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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Eric Staal had two goals and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks.
With Martin Jones sprawled in his crease, Ryan Suter found Eric Staal all alone in front of the open net to make the score 2-0 midway through the first period. Staal's second goal came after he picked up the loose puck off the boards before tucking home his 12th of the year. With 26 points in 29 games, the 33-year-old forward is on pace for 74 points. That mark would account for the highest he has reached since he had 76 during the 2010-11 season with the Hurricanes. Dec 10 - 11:55 PM

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Eric Staal scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

Staal did all of his damage in the third period, as he extended Minnesota's lead to 3-2 and 4-2 (empty-netter). He finished the game with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 19:26 of ice time. Staal is up to 10 goals and 23 points in 25 games this season. He's accumulated 11 points in his last nine contests.
Nov 30 - 11:21 PM

Eric Staal found the back of the net in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Staal's power play goal at the 8:52 mark of the third period cut St. Louis' lead to 4-3, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. The Wild forward has now recorded a point in four straight games. He's up to eight goals and 21 points in 23 games this season.
Nov 26 - 12:29 AM

Eric Staal picked up a goal and two assists in a 6-4 win over the Nashville Predators.

Staal picked up the loose puck at the side of the goal and buried his seventh goal of the season to tie the game with just under five minutes remaining in regulation. The 33-year-old center continues his resurgence with the Wild and is currently at 17 points in 18 games this season.
Nov 16 - 10:57 PM

Eric Staal had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Staal registered the only assist on Nino Niederreiter's first-period goal before scoring one of his own late in the third frame (empty-netter). Staal finished the night with a plus-2 rating and two shots on goal in 17:13 of ice time. The Wild forward six goals and eight assists in 17 games this season. He's picked up at least one point in four of his last five games.
Nov 14 - 11:58 PM

Eric Staal recorded his 500th career assist on Thursday night.

Staal did it by assisting on one of teammate Jason Zucker's three goals against the Montreal Canadiens. In 1026 games with the Hurricanes, Rangers and Wild, Staal has 358 goals and 858 points.
Nov 11 - 10:03 AM

Eric Staal earned a pair of assists in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Toronto.

Staal had the primary helper on both goals by Jason Zucker in the defeat. He has collected five goals and 11 points in 14 games this year.
Nov 9 - 11:09 AM

Eric Staal scored a goal in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Staal's shorthanded goal with under five minutes remaining in regulation cut Boston's lead to 4-3 at the time, but that's as close as the Wild would come to tying the game up. Staal also had two penalty minutes, four shots on goal and two hits in the defeat. The Wild forward has five goals and four assists in 13 games this season. Two of his five markers have come while Minnesota has been shorthanded. Nino Niederretier and Mikael Granlund also found the back of the net for the Wild.
Nov 6 - 10:30 PM

Eric Staal had four shots on goal in Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Staal's four shots were tied for the team-high with Mikko Koivu. He finished the night with a minus-1 rating in 19:05 of ice time. Staal has four goals and four assists in 12 games this season.
Nov 5 - 12:36 AM

Eric Staal scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 6-4 win over the New York Islanders.

Incredibly enough, both of Staal's points were collected while the Wild were shorthanded. His goal at the 7:26 mark of the first period gave the Wild a 3-0 at the time. He also registered the only assist on Luke Kunin's goal which made it 4-1 in the middle frame. Staal finished the game with a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal in 15:43 of ice time. The Wild forward now has four goals and three assists in eight games this season.
Oct 26 - 11:23 PM

Eric Staal is on a three-game goal scoring streak.

Staal's latest marker came at 15:50 of the first period in Minnesota's 5-4 overtime loss to Columbus on Saturday. He has three goals and four points in four games in 2017-18.
Oct 15 - 5:39 AM

Eric Staal generated a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to Carolina.

Staal gave the Wild a 3-1 lead in the second period with his first goal of the season. The Hurricanes rallied in third to take a 4-3 advantage into the final minute of regulation, but Mikko Koivu tied the game in the dying seconds with assists going to Staal and Ryan Suter. Jason Zucker also notched a goal and an assist in the defeat.
Oct 7 - 11:00 PM

Eric Staal scored two goals and an assist in the Wild's 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Both of Staal's goals, his first and second of the preseason, came in the third period of Minnesota's win. After a tough 2015-2016 season, Staal netted 28 goals last year and has scored 20-plus goals in three of his last four seasons. He is a solid addition to any fantasy roster and should be good to crack 20 goals and 60 points again this year.
Sep 30 - 10:48 PM

Eric Staal is arguably one of the most appealing players that were left unprotected ahead of the expansion draft.

Staal bounced back in a big way in 2016-17 by scoring 28 goals and 65 points in 82 games. The Wild got him at a low point in his career though and he consequently comes with an affordable $3.5 million annual cap hit for the next two seasons. Jason Zucker ended up on the Wild's protected list instead and that was likely out of a desire to shield the younger forward. For his part, Staal has declined to comment until after the expansion draft.
Jun 19 - 3:00 PM

There is speculation that the Wild have exposed Eric Staal to the expansion draft.

It's expected that the Minnesota will protect Jason Zucker instead. Stay tuned as the protected lists are due to come out 10:30 ET Sunday morning.
Jun 18 - 10:26 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Eric Staal
2Mikko Koivu
3Charlie Coyle
4Joel Eriksson Ek
5Matt Cullen
LW1Mikael Granlund
2Jason Zucker
3Marcus Foligno
4Daniel Winnik
5Zach Parise
RW1Nino Niederreiter
2Tyler Ennis
3Chris Stewart
4Zack Mitchell
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Matt Dumba
4Jonas Brodin
5Gustav Olofsson
6Ryan Murphy
7Nate Prosser
8Mike Reilly
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Alex Stalock