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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2014, 03:49:48 PM »
This thread was still on the first page of ex-leafs so that's why I don't feel that bad posting here...

Anyway - I was just tooling around at hockeydb, and I found this kind of funny.

Since they were traded for each other;

Stajan has 124 points in 282 games and Phaneuf has 156 points in 328 games.

I know there's no point of comparison here, but I found this a little amusing.

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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2014, 04:10:18 PM »
Stajan has 124 points in 282 games and Phaneuf has 156 points in 328 games.

I know there's no point of comparison here, but I found this a little amusing.

Am I missing something or is it just that Phaneuf has outscored him?
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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2014, 04:15:02 PM »
There's really no point I guess other than he's been outscored by a defenceman when he was touted as a top 6 player - which I never saw in his time with the leafs.

Like I said though, there's no point of comparison here. Apples and oranges, I am aware of this.

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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2014, 04:27:27 PM »
There's really no point I guess other than he's been outscored by a defenceman when he was touted as a top 6 player - which I never saw in his time with the leafs.

Like I said though, there's no point of comparison here. Apples and oranges, I am aware of this.

Right on. Just wasn't sure.
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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2015, 08:59:25 PM »
Duhatschek: The vital role of Calgary’s ‘glue guy’

Can't be all bad. Best article I'd seen on Matt in a long time by a good writer. Good for him. I doubt Burke will keep him for a long time but at least he's enjoying a nice moment ...

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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #20 on: April 29, 2015, 11:57:13 PM »
Thanks, cw.

Stajan was my favourite Leaf while he was here. Scoring his first NHL goal in his first NHL game for his hometown team the night after his first professional game (and point) made for a great story.

Even though I knew he would never be afforded the chance here, I thought he was captain material the way he carried himself on and off the ice. I'm glad he's finding a role now, and a team that appreciates him.

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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2015, 08:05:52 AM »
Thanks, cw.

Stajan was my favourite Leaf while he was here. Scoring his first NHL goal in his first NHL game for his hometown team the night after his first professional game (and point) made for a great story.

Even though I knew he would never be afforded the chance here, I thought he was captain material the way he carried himself on and off the ice. I'm glad he's finding a role now, and a team that appreciates him.

Of Leafs draft picks, all time:
He's 25th in NHL games played and should finish handily inside the top 20 if not the top 10.
He's 26th in career NHL points and 27th in career NHL goals scored and should likely finish handily inside the top 20.

Some might argue that supports the notion that the Leafs haven't drafted well and few would be shocked - they're probably right. But of the more than 7,200 who have played in this league, Stajan is already inside the top 10% in games played and points scored and is likely to finish there in goals scored. And he's guaranteed to have made $31+ mil doing it.

When he showed up, I described him as Bambi on blades - he was defensively smart and had some skill but was so weak on his skates. I'd say he turned out pretty well, all things considered. And he did it in a very nice and classy way. Good for him.
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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2015, 08:35:10 AM »
Stajan scored 41 points in 55 games playing with Kessel and Poni in 09-10 before he was traded to Calgary. That's a 61-point pace. And that was before Phil emerged as a point-per-game player.

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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2017, 09:31:44 AM »
https://www.thestar.com/sports/breakaway_blog/2017/01/congrats-to-ex-leaf-matt-stajan.html

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I remember Stajan told me years ago he was never once the best player on any team he ever played for. But he might have been the hardest working, the most coachable, the most adaptable and the most affable.

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From his 2002 draft year -- he was a second-rounder -- only third overall Jay Bouwmeester (1,034) and first overall Rick Nash (954) have played more regular season games than Stajan.

Only 104 of the 291 prospects over nine rounds in the '02 draft played at least one game in the NHL. It wasn't the greatest draft pool ever, but some have done all right, including Duncan Keith and Cam Ward.

It was a draft that was rich for the Maple Leafs, with five of their picks making the NHL, Alexander Steen (783 games and still going), Ian White (503 games, retired), Staffan Kronwall (66 games and still in the KHL) and Jarkko Immonen (20 games, still playing in the Swiss league).

The Maple Leafs -- given their habit then of trading their first-round picks -- missed big-time in the 2003 and 2004 drafts. The '03 draft will probably go down as the best draft ever (for a variety of reasons). The Leafs best player that year was John Mitchell. The Leafs gave up on the 6-1 native of Oakville, Ont., but he's managed to forge a decent career, at 517 games and counting, mostly with Colorado.

The last player the Leafs drafted who reached 900 games was Tomas Kaberle (984).

Stajan is the 16th Leafs draft pick to hit 900 games.

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Re: Stajan accepts 4th line role with Flames
« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2017, 09:31:44 AM »