Meet the Blueshirts: Marc Staal

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Position: D

Number: 18

Age: 27

Born: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Height: 6-4

Weight: 207

How Acquired: Selected by the Rangers in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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Marc Staal

Marc Staal

#18 D
New York Rangers

2014 STATS

  • GM72
  • G3

  • A11

  • PTS14

  • +/--1

  • PIM24

• Staal isn’t the dynamic force he used to be. Injuries are to blame. A concussion given to him by older brother Eric cost him 36 games in 2011-12. Then, in 2012-13, he suffered a small retinal tear in his right eye and an orbital fracture -- the result of a deflected slapshot taken by Kimmo Timonen. Still, he has been solid on the second-pairing.

• In the two previous seasons before the injuries happened, Staal was a combined plus-19 plus/minus rating and averaged 23:08 of ice-time in 2009-10 and 25:44 in 2010-11 (fourth, NHL).

• If Staal wins the Stanley Cup, he and his brothers -- Eric (2005-06, Carolina) and Jordan (2008-09, Pittsburgh) -- will become the first trio of brothers to do so as players.

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