Jan 9, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal (11) watches his pass against the Toronto Maple Leafs at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Hockey: Is Jordan Staal ready to breakout?


Since his trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes prior to last season, Jordan Staal has been a bit underwhelming to say the least.

After putting up only 31 points in 18 games last season, Staal hasn’t gotten off to a much better start this year, but he showed some signs Thursday of potentially breaking out.

Jan 4, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Staal scored a goal and added three assists for the Hurricanes in a 6-1 thumping of Toronto Thursday night.

Clearly that’s his best night of the season and owners of Staal can only hope that is a sign of things to come.

On the season Staal has only 10 goals and 14 assists in 44 games played on the season and he could use any hot streak he can find at the moment.

However I wouldn’t necessarily bank on a huge breakout.

He’s now played 92 games in a Hurricanes uniform, putting up a mere 55 points. That’s a bigger sample size than any small hot streak he can put together.

To put things into perspective, Stall has scored only 20 goals in 92 games in Carolina, a number he topped in four of six seasons in Pittsburgh.

Staal may get some more opportunities to put up points with his brother Eric currently out of the lineup, but the Maple Leafs poor defense likely had a much to do with Staal’s big performance than anything else.

I would tread very cautiously as it pertains to Staal as I don’t expect much in terms of fantasy production the rest of the way.

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