Born July 28, 1984 (age 27) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Right wing for the Montreal Canadiens
I have a friend, Katy, who loved Staubitz when he played for the Wild–she lives in the Twin Cities area–and another friend, Amanda, who recently saw his first few outings as a Hab in Florida. Staubitz started out playing junior in the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds as well as a short stint with the Ottawa 67s. Interestingly, he spent his junior years as a defenseman but switched to wing when he went pro. He wasn’t drafted, but he signed a three-year entry-level deal with San Jose in 2005, spending that season with the Cleveland Barons. The Sharks changed their AHL affiliation to the Worcester Sharks and he went with them. He had his NHL debut in 2008 and got in a fight on his very first shift.
In 2009-10 he played 47 games as a San Jose Shark and spent the rest of the time in Massachusetts, but he was traded to Minnesota in June of 2010 and signed there for two years. He usually doesn’t contribute much offensively, but is known for his pugilism–his penalty minutes are pretty much always in the three-figure range. The Wild waived him in February 2012, assigning him to the Houston Aeros, but the Montreal Canadiens took him up on re-entry. It seemed that team needed a catalyst to try and stoke a fire under its butts, in which case Staubitz was a good pickup. He’s already gotten into three different fights as a Hab and the Habs fan friends I know appreciate his addition to the ranks.