1. Jordan Staal, C
Team: Peterborough Petes
Height: 6’4 Weight: 210 lbs. Shoots L – Final CSS ranking: 2nd
Staal had a great year, leading the Petes in a way that has clearly demonstrated his ability as a power forward. The puck seemed to follow him, and he consistently showed that he had the drive necessary to get it to the net. Jordan will be the third Staal brother to be drafted into the NHL. The fourth and final Staal brother Jared was drafted by the Sudbury Wolves last month, 11th overall. Jordan credits the family’s outdoor rink that the four brothers played on and the support of their parents for creating a powerful hockey family.
Staal started turning into a scorer during the playoffs last year and he has not stopped scoring since. He notched 28 goals and 40 assists and 69 penalty minutes in 68 games this regular season and in the OHL playoffs he scored ten goals and added six assists in 19 games. With scouts looking on, however, Staal didn’t have a very noteworthy Memorial Cup, registering just one assist, but the entire Petes team struggled and there were times when Staal displayed brilliant skill and creativity with the puck.
The big Petes center spoke with Hockey’s Future at the Memorial Cup and said that he will be working hardest on increasing his strength in the offseason.
Asked how he has improved most this season , he said “I think my skating, I’ve gotten a lot faster from last year. Even my shot has gotten a little bit harder, but besides that everything overall has just gotten a little faster.