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HURRICANES ROOKIE ERIC STAAL NAMED TO EASTERN CONFERENCE YOUNGSTARS TEAM

Saturday, 01.24.2004 / 9:43 PM ET / News
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HURRICANES ROOKIE ERIC STAAL NAMED TO EASTERN CONFERENCE YOUNGSTARS TEAM

Center to Play in All-Star Weekend Exhibition Game

RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2004) – Carolina Hurricanes rookie centerman Eric Staal today was selected to represent the Eastern Conference in the third annual NHL YoungStars Game. The NHL YoungStars Game is a part of NHL All-Star Weekend, and will be broadcast on ESPN at 8 p.m. on Feb. 7, from XCel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Staal, 19, ranked fourth among all NHL rookies with 23 points and 14 assists through games of Jan. 23. Staal has notched three game-winning goals this season for the Hurricanes and ranks tied for second among all rookies in that category. His 106 shots rank him second among rookies, behind only Montreal’s Michael Ryder, and his nine goals rank him eighth. Staal has played in all 49 of Carolina’s games this season, and ranks fourth among all skaters with 23 points, third with nine goals and tied for third with 14 assists.

Carolina selected Staal with the second overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He is one of three players from the 2003 draft class selected for the NHL YoungStars Game. Boston’s Patrice Bergeron (45th overall) will join Staal on the Eastern Conference team and Columbus’ Nikolai Zherdev (4th overall) will play for the Western Conference squad.

The Eastern Conference’s YoungStars squad is comprised entirely of NHL rookies, while the Western Conference’s team includes four players not classified as rookies. An NHL rookie is any player 25 or younger, with fewer than 25 games played in previous seasons. The YoungStars Game features NHL players under their first professional contract, typically in their first three professional seasons.

The Carolina Hurricanes wrap a two-game weekend home stand on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against the Buffalo Sabres. Tickets for Sunday’s game, and all January and February Hurricanes games, are available at the Dodge Box Office at the RBC Center, all TicketMaster locations or by calling 919-834-4000.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72