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Eric Staal | Center | #12

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 208
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Eric Staal has been medically cleared from the concussion he suffered in Minnesota's last game of the year.

"He feels better and has passed all the tests. Physically, he'd be able to play an NHL game right now," said GM Chuck Fletcher. "So the feeling is he's in a good spot. We all feel a bit fortunate. It was a bad injury. He'll have a summer where he'll be healthy and be able to prepare, so that’s a positive in view of how ugly that incident could have been." Staal crashed head-first into the end boards on Apr. 22 against St. Louis.
May 17 - 1:02 PM

Eric Staal sustained a concussion on Saturday against St. Louis when he crashed into the boards, but he is feeling better.

"It was scary. I feel fortunate with how it ended up, could've been worse," he said. "Lot of good help from everyone on the ice, trainers, doctors." Staal felt some numbness in his feet when he initially hit the boards, but the scans came back negative. He will use the summer to recover.
Apr 25 - 12:09 PM

Eric Staal was taken to hospital after crashing into the boards awkwardly on Saturday afternoon.

It was a scary incident. Staal came into the Blues zone with speed before firing a puck on goal. As he was skating towards the Blues net, his skate caught Jake Allen's pad, which caused him to crash into the boards awkwardly. Staal was down for a while, and he needed help getting off the ice. It's nice to hear he's in stable condition.
Apr 22 - 5:40 PM

Eric Staal scored the game-winning goal in Minnesota's 3-1 win over Arizona Saturday night.

Staal finished the season with 28 goals and 65 points in 82 games. That makes this his best season since the 2011-12 campaign in terms of points production. Martin Hanzal and Erik Haula accounted for the Wild's other two goals.
Apr 9 - 12:12 AM

Eric Staal was honored for his 1,000th game on Tuesday night.

The Wild waited for a game against Carolina to hold the ceremony, so that Staal could be honored with his brother, Jordan, and his old team in attendance. Staal spent 12 years with the Hurricanes and played in 909 games with the organization. In game No. 1,009 of his NHL career on Tuesday night, the veteran pivot chipped in two assists in a 5-3 win for Minnesota.
Apr 5 - 11:47 AM

Eric Staal registered an assist in a 5-2 win over Colorado Sunday night.

It was Staal's 34th assist and 61st point in 79 games this season. In terms of both assists and points, this is the most he's recorded since the 2013-14 campaign.
Apr 2 - 9:28 PM

Eric Staal scored a goal in Minnesota's 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit on Sunday.

Staal has 26 goals and 58 points in 75 games. This is the most goals he's scored in a single season since 2010-11. Nate Prosser scored his first goal in 36 games this season. He was playing in his 279th career game and that was his sixth marker in the NHL.
Mar 26 - 3:22 PM

Eric Staal found the back of the net in a 4-2 loss to Vancouver on Saturday.

It was Staal's 25th goal of the season. Ryan Suter scored his ninth goal in 74 games. Matt Dumba, Martin Hanzal, Jonas Brodin, and Jared Spurgeon each registered an assist in the losing effort.
Mar 25 - 4:46 PM

Eric Staal skated in his 1,000th career game on Sunday.

The 32-year-old center has had a solid bounce-back season with the Wild in 2016-17. He has 24 goals and 54 points in 71 games, which ranks him second on the team in scoring.
Mar 20 - 2:28 PM

Eric Staal scored a power play goal in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

He's now found the back of the net in three consecutive games. The Wild were down as much as 3-0 in the second period, but thanks to Matt Dumba and Staal, they were able to cut the deficit to 3-2. Unfortunately for Minnesota, that's as close as they'd come to making it a game. Staal finished the game with a minus-2 rating, two penalty minutes and four shots on goal in 18:40 of ice time. Staal is up to 23 goals and 30 assists in 68 games.
Mar 14 - 10:00 PM

Eric Staal scored his fifth goal during the month of March in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

Mark it now five goals and six points in six games, though he's concentrated those points in three games. Be that as it may, Staal's now up to 22 goals and 52 points in 67 games this season.
Mar 12 - 3:40 PM

Eric Staal scored two goals and an assist in Friday's 7-4 win over the Florida Panthers.

Staal's first goal tied the game at two in the second period, while his second goal tied the game at four. He also picked up an assist on Charlie Coyle's goal with three seconds remaining in the game. Staal finished his night with a plus-2 rating and three shots on goal in 17:23 of ice time. The Wild center has 21 goals and 51 points in 66 games this season. Jason Zucker, Jason Pominville, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund also scored for Minnesota.
Mar 10 - 11:21 PM

Eric Staal scored twice on Sunday night to help the Wild beat San Jose 3-1.

Held off the scoresheet for three out of his past four games, the veteran returned to form on Sunday to reach 19 goals and 48 points in 63 games this season.
Mar 5 - 11:42 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Eric Staal
2Mikko Koivu
3Joel Eriksson Ek
4Matt Cullen
5Landon Ferraro
6Cal O'Reilly
LW1Zach Parise
2Mikael Granlund
3Jason Zucker
4Marcus Foligno
RW1Nino Niederreiter
2Charlie Coyle
3Tyler Ennis
4Chris Stewart
5Christoph Bertschy
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Matt Dumba
4Jonas Brodin
5Gustav Olofsson
6Ryan Murphy
7Kyle Quincey
8Mike Reilly
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Alex Stalock
3Niklas Svedberg