Wild Acquires Brad Staubitz From Sharks
Monday, 06.21.2010 / 4:54 PM CT / Minnesota Wild | 2010 NHL Entry Draft
By Glen Andresen - Manager of Social Media
Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher did not exaclty do a cannon ball into the water on his first trade of the 2010 offseason, but he did appear to send a significant message in trading for San Jose Sharks tough guy, right wing Brad Staubitz.
In exchange for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound bruiser, the Wild gave up its fifth round pick (129th overall) in this weekend's NHL Entry Draft. The Wild now owns seven picks, and still holds five in the top 99.
Staubitz appeared in 47 games with San Jose last year, and picked up three goals and three assists. Scoring is not the attribute that Fletcher was seeking in Staubitz. As he's said many times in his one-year tenure, Fletcher targets players with grit, and he certainly has that in Staubitz, who piled up 110 penalty minutes last year. In his rookie season with the Sharks, he totaled 76 penalty minutes in 35 games. A lot of those minutes came via the fighting major, as evidence here, here and most impressively, here.
"Brad is a tough, physical player that will provide grit and energy to our team," said Fletcher.
Staubitz said that the toughness aspect of his game just came along with the style of game he's been playing since he was a youngster.
"I'm a hard-working, energy guy," he said. "I'm really excited about this, because it's an opportunity for me to keep progressing. Hockey is so big in Minny, and I'm really looking forward to contributing any way I can, and helping out this team, because they are really improving."
Staubitz' arrival could foreshadow what will happen regarding the team's fighting makeup next year. Minnesota's top two tough guys - Derek Boogaard and John Scott - are both due to be free agents on July 1. Should the Wild be unable to sign those two, Staubitz fills that need on a team that faces the likes of Calgary and Vancouver on a regular basis.
Staubitz talked with Fletcher once the trade was completed, and said he's excited to bring the attributes that the Wild GM is looking for.
"[Fletcher] told me he likes that style in a player," he said. "It's like an ingredient you can bring to a team and help our any way you can."
When he arrives at the Wild's training camp, Staubitz will be a stranger. He admitted he doesn't know many in his new team's locker room, but making friends should be easy for him. He endeared himself to his Shark teammates for his willingness to come to the defense of players like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, Dan Boyle and the recently retired Rob Blake. Those players paid him back with lessons that he says can only help in his NHL career.
"I learned a lot about being a player from them, but I also learned a lot about team hockey from them," he said. "The players just feed off each other, and you learn how each guy can contribute, no matter what they're role is."
Staubitz originally signed with San Jose as a free agent after a four-year junior career spent mostly with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League.