Statistics: 36 GP, 11-21—32
Scouting: 7th among North American skaters
The Hockey News: 9th
The "other" heralded freshman at North Dakota, along
with 2003 L.A. Kings pick Brady Murray, Stafford finished
fifth on the Sioux in scoring with nearly a point per game.
Was a member of the gold medal winning U.S. National Junior
Take: “I don’t know if he always got
as much ice time as he would have liked at North Dakota; it’s
tough at a program like that when you come in as a freshman
and there are so many good players ahead of you. But the funny
thing was, when they needed offense, they always seemed to
put him out there. Same thing on the World Junior team –
he was a third- or fourth-liner, but when they needed a goal
or had a key power play, they used him.
a smart player with pretty good hands, and good offensive
lot of people look at him as a safe pick. He’s big,
he can skate, and plays hard. The question is whether he’s
really a scorer or not. If not, he’s just a big, powerful
winger – and that’s still good.”
Projection: A top 15 pick for sure, Stafford should
contend with Al Montoya and A.J. Thelen to be the first collegiate
player taken in Raleigh.