When the Winnipeg Jets traded for Paul Stastny in October, I was a little bit worried because he’s a 35-year-old who’s making $6.5 million. I thought he was going to carry on down the path of scoring less and getting less ice time. Stastny is looking like an absolute beauty on the second line. If you were to know very little about him or the Jets, you would never guess Stastny is a 35-year-old.
What do I like about the second-oldest Jet?
I like how much Stastny still cares and how much effort he puts into his game. The fact that he skates hard most games, he’s not the fastest out there but when you watch him he’s finding good spots, almost like he knows where the puck will be. When he finds those sweet spots on the ice and picks up a rogue puck, it doesn’t sit on his stick for very long and he finds these perfect passes. The cool thing about those passes is they’re mostly short, but every now and then he can find longer passes too, then hauls it up the ice and gets in front of the net. He’s not the biggest body out there, but he’s good for standing in front of the net and either picking up the odd rebound or screening the goalie. I have to make a little shout-out to his missing tooth and when he brings out that smile – you just have to love that hockey smile.