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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 - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81