Jordan Staal is off to Carolina

The first blockbuster of the offseason has happened at the draft as Jordan Staal is off to the Carolina Hurricanes. In return the Penguins will be getting Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the eighth pick which they used to select Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks.

The trade is a positive for both teams as they serve different purposes.

The key piece here is obviously Jordan Staal who gives Carolina another elite player to line up alongside Jeff Skinner and his brother, Eric. He’ll get a chance to finally move out from the shadow of Crosby and Malkin and be relied upon as a big producer. All in all, Carolina ought to be a good place for him to blossom into the role we constantly speculate he’s capable of.

Brandon Sutter is a useful player who should slide in very well into the third line center role vacated by Staal after the trade. He scored 17 goals on a terrible Carolina team and should be able to contribute in a secondary role from the bottom six in Pittsburgh.

Brian Dumoulin is a very highly touted prospect out of the Carolina system and had a good year with Boston College. In The Hockey News’ Future Watch, Dumoulin was ranked as the third best prospect in the Hurricanes’ system by scouts and hockey executives behind Ryan Murphy and Zac Dalpe. Dumoulin is projected to make the leap to the NHL in 2012-13. He is a very good prospect for Pittsburgh to acquire here.

Pouliot is an interesting case because many folks had him slipping late into the first round, but Pittsburgh ultimately took advantage of the leap to grab him. Given Pouliot’s offensive skillset it wouldn’t be surprising if this was a move Ray Shero was looking to make to ensure they had additional offensive defensemen in the system for when it’s time to make a decision on Kris Letang, much like they had to make with Jordan Staal.

The Pens had Letang come in and pick up the slack from Sergei Gonchar and it appears that they want to keep the chain going while adding to the system at-large.

There is no clear cut winner in this deal, just two teams improving in different ways.

What do you think of the swap?

Comments (5)

  1. I don’t ever like the idea of putting two Staals in one bathroom :/ I like Jordan, it sucks seeing him have to try and lift this team when he was already in a great situation to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals. Iffy trade for both teams, in my opinion

  2. I get the appeal for the Canes to try to combine the Staals, but I think they overpaid a wee bit. Sutter is going to be a good little player, and not having a 1st rounder hurts. Then again, I think the Staals are young enough to justify it.

    I think it’ll work out for both teams. Hard to call.

  3. The Pens really like the Portland Winter Hawks defense corps. Years ago they selected Andrew Ference (who now has a SC ring), recently, they picked Joe Morrow, who can also move the puck, and this year they go for Pouliot, who will need some additional seasoning, but has good potential. They missed Braydon Coburn, but they did get to see plenty of him…

  4. Really wished Pit would use the an early pick on improving the front line.
    There aren’t exactly highly touted prospects on the wing to play with crosby and malkin in a few years.

  5. Carolina paid too high a price. Giving up Sutter who’s only going to get better and a #8 with some quality forwards still available was not a smart move long term. I hope Jordan is better than his brother who I think is overrated anyway as well as a guy who never seems to play with passion. At least now maybe he and Rutherford can stop complaining that he doesn’t have any good forwards to play with.

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