The equipment manager said that the puck that hit Staal was coming at such a speed that it would have broken the visor and pieces of it could have hit his eye.
In conversation with the equipment manager, Cotsonika writes that visors are worn and designed to protect players from errant sticks and not "designed to stop slapshots fired from high-tech sticks at high speed, especially when the puck hits a player straight on. They break, and when they break, they have sharp edges."
In the Daily News, Taylor Pyatt said that after seeing what happened to Staal he is thinking about wearing a visor for the first time since his final season in Vancouver.
Pyatt says that he doesn't have an excuse for not wearing one, but in the time that he did it was hard to get comfortable wearing it.