Nicholas J. Cotsonika at Yahoo! Sports noted that because Marc Staal recovered from his eye injury early enough this summer he has been able to get himself into top shape for training camp.
While Staal says he's back to normal, he does admit that he still needs to test himself in practices, scrimmages and games.
Here's brother Jordan on how Marc has looked during their workouts together this offseason...
“It doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all. I’ve watched him on the ice, and it seems he’s the same old Marc. I don’t really think about him other than to see the visor on him. That’s the only thing that looks different. He seems confident and ready to go.”
...as Staal says, the big test will be when he's playing in a game, but after the dire reports we received on his condition immediately afterward, I'm ecstatic about his progress.
...i have always felt that Staal was over-rated by Rangers fans, but I can't deny the positive impact his presence has on the Rangers line-up. The Rangers defensive corps goes from solid to one of the best in the league the second he steps on the ice.
...really hoping AV is able to get Staal to finally live up to his offensive potential because up until this point he has fallen short of expectations.
Marc Staal also reflected on the aftermath of the gruesome injury last March that forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season and all but one playoff game. Here's Staal on being examined in the trainer's room after the incident...
“I couldn’t see a thing, and that was pretty scary. I could see one dot of light. I could see one light bulb. But the guy’s hand would be in front of my face, and there would be nothing there.”
Really good news, though the concussion history had me more worried than the eye to tell the truth. I hope that the visor and extra helmet padding will be required for him. Not getting the overrated part of this article at all. He certainly has lived up to my expectations (the epic battles with Ovechkin, "Sid the Infant" amongst other top players being the best examples), especially when you consider the injuries has slowed his development. I really personally had never expected a ton offensively from him watching his game as he was breaking in. did not see the tools for that at all but what I expected was a top shut down guy who can pitch in a few from the blue line. He is that and with more practice more offense will seep in. The best is yet to come as long as he stays healthy.
It's tough to rate a guy, underrated or overrated, with his kind of potential who only played half of the last two seasons, and finished the 2010-11 season with lingering concussion symptoms. It's been a real long time since Marc Staal was 100%, good-to-go, with a clean bill of health.
While the emergence of McD and Girardi as our top pair maybe have pushed Staal down our depth chart, that's not limiting him. If anything it helped that there was no need to rush back from either of the major injuries he's sustained. He could still be a top pair defensemen, and he could still be one for the Rangers.
" i have always felt that Staal was over-rated by Rangers fans" What? Are you serious? After The King, I feel Staal was a major part of getting the Rangers back on track to making the playoffs consistantly. I think the truth is that DeLury is over-rated.
Staal's in top shape...Is he engaged to Avery?
When he was at his best Staal was easily a top 2 guy, and probably one of the best shut down defenders in the league. His best was a while ago, though. At this point, I'd be ecstatic if he can come back and be a top 4, anything more is icing on the cake!
@TheNYRBlog how is it that guys like cotsonika continually undervalued ranger players?
Overrated? At some point, after all that kind of talk, a player becomes underrated, that's where Staal is IMO. He'll be our best D man this year and by November you'll be issuing a "what was I thinking for saying this guy was overrated" post.
He's a stud when healthy, and all signs thus far indicate he's healthy. Get ready.
@FireSather Average offensive skill and not a dominating presence the way a guy like Chara is. He's the third best defenseman on his own team.
@Scott_from_Jersey I address this above in the comments section.