Hold on, there's one more Staal

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

Jared Staal wants to leave his own mark.

All three of his older brothers have used the Home Hardware Top Prospects game as a stepping-stone to the National Hockey League.

Jared now hopes it's his turn.

"I don't want to be known as just the youngest Staal brother. There is always pressure to be like my brothers, but I just want to be my own player," said Staal yesterday.

"Parts of my game are similar to all of them, but I am my own player."

Staal is in his second year with the Sudbury Wolves. Last season as a 16-year-old rookie, he combined with his brother Marc to lead the Wolves to the Ontario Hockey League championship final.

While posting just three points in 63 games for the Wolves last year, he has made himself into a go-to-guy for Sudbury this season. The Thunder Bay, Ont., product sits third in team scoring and has 28 points in 40 games for the rebuilding Wolves.

"Last year was a real learning experience for me and this year it's nice to have a bigger role and be counted on to contribute," said Staal.

Jared's brother Eric won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006. Brother Jordan is in his second season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Marc is in his rookie campaign with the New York Rangers.

Jared is considered the unknown Staal brother at this point in his career but is looking to follow in the same path as his siblings.

"A lot of people confuse me with Marc. I haven't had anyone here call me Marc yet, but it could happen," said Staal.

Eric played in the Top Prospects game in 2003, while Marc played in 2005 and Jordan played in 2006. Before playing one of the biggest games in his junior career today, Jared got some advice from his older brothers.

"I talked to all three of them and they all told me the same thing. They wanted me to remember that this game isn't going to make or break me, but just go out and have fun," said Staal, who is ranked 32nd amongst North American draft eligible skaters.

"I don't think any of them had their best game by any means, but they just focused on their strengths."

Jared watched all of his brothers go though the rigours of the Top Prospects Game as well as their respective NHL drafts, so that will no doubt help him through the next couple of days and in June.

"I saw what they had to go through and how focused they had to be and I am focusing on just becoming a better player every day," said Staal.

Jared dreams of one day joining his brothers in the NHL, which begs the question: would he love to play with one of his brothers or against them all?

"It would be a big dream just to be drafted, but it would be neat to play alongside one of them," said Staal. "Although, we all have that brother rivalry, so it would be good to play against them, too."

THE ROSTERS

TEAM RED

Goaltenders: Robert Mayer, Saint John (QMJHL); Chet Pickard, Tri-City (WHL); Kevin Poulin, Victoriaville (QMJHL) (injured).

Defencemen: Michael Del Zotto, Oshawa (OHL); Drew Doughty, Guelph (OHL); Jyri Niemi, Saskatoon (WHL); Alex Pietrangelo, Niagara (OHL); Luca Sbisa, Lethbridge (WHL); Colten Teubert, Regina (WHL).

Forwards: Mikkel Boedker, Kitchener (OHL); Patrice Cormier, Rimouski (QMJHL) (injured); Philippe Cornet, Rimouski (QMJHL); Jordan Eberle, Regina (WHL); A.J. Jenks, Plymouth (OHL); James Livingston, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); Brandon McMillan, Kelowna (WHL); Phil McRae, London (OHL); Steve Stamkos, Sarnia (OHL); Mikhail Stefanovich, Quebec (QMJHL).

Kelsey Tessier, Quebec (QMJHL); James Wright, Vancouver (WHL); Geordie Wudrick, Swift Current (WHL).

Coaches: Kelly Kisio, Calgary (WHL); Lanny McDonald; Mike Vernon.

TEAM WHITE

Goaltenders: Peter Delmas, Lewiston (QMJHL); Thomas McCollum, Guelph (OHL).

Defencemen: Zach Bogosian, Peterborough (OHL); Tyler Cuma, Ottawa (OHL); Tyler Myers, Kelowna (WHL); Colby Robak, Brandon (WHL); Yann Sauve, Saint John (QMJHL); Luke Schenn, Kelowna (WHL).

Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Sarnia (OHL); Josh Bailey, Windsor (OHL); Kyle Beach, Everett (WHL) (injured); Zach Boychuk, Lethbridge (WHL); Joel Champagne, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Nicolas Deschamps, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Chris Doyle, P.E.I. (QMJHL); Tyler Ennis, Medicine Hat (WHL); Cody Hodgson, Brampton (OHL); Greg Nemisz, Windsor (OHL).

Maxime Sauve, Val-d'Or (QMJHL); Jared Staal, Sudbury (OHL); Mitch Wahl, Spokane (WHL).

Coaches: Don Nachbaur, Tri-City (WHL); Glenn Anderson; Grant Fuhr.


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