The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired prospect Jared Staal from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
"While Jared has yet to reach his full potential, we believe his upside gives him a chance play at the NHL level in the future," said Hurricanes' president and general manager Jim Rutherford in a statement.
The 19-year old, whose older brother Eric is the Hurricanes captain, was originally a second round pick, 49th overall by the Coyotes in the 2008 NHL Entry draft. Rutherford admitted that the family connection could be very beneficial to the youngest of the Staal clan.
"This could be an ideal situation for Jared, to continue his development in the same system as his oldest brother, Eric," said Rutherford.
The Thunder Bay native had 12 goals and 37 assists this season for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL. He also played five games with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.
The Hurricanes have until June 1st to sign Staal to an entry-level contract, or he would re-enter the draft.