As reported by Damien Cox, the Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Center David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2012 4th round pick.
Although this won’t be a long post, I want to talk about Steckel a little. David Steckel was originally drafted 30th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2001 NHL entry draft. Steckel is not a big point producer but he will come in handy when it comes to faceoff’s. Steckel dominated the faceoff circle last season winning 62.3% of them. Right now, the Leafs see Steckel as a 4th line center, but that could change in a hurry if he’s able to contribute more offensively. He will boost the Maple Leafs penalty kill with his faceoff skill helping them clear the zone right off the hop. Steckel also has a powerful shot, but he just doesn’t use it enough. Make no doubt about it, Steckel could score from 10-15 goals this season if he is used in the right situations.
NHL Regular Season Stats:
2005/06 season: Capitals – 7 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points, +1
2006/07 season: Capitals – 5 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points, -2
2007/08 season: Capitals – 67 games, 5 goals, 7 assists, 12 points, +1
2008/09 season: Capitals – 76 games, 8 goals, 11 assists, 19 points, +2
2009/10 season: Capitals – 79 games, 5 goals, 11 assists, 16 points, +4
2010/11 season: Capitals – 57 games, 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points, -3
2010/11 season: Devils – 18 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, -3
You decide: Is acquiring Steckel a good move by Burke?
Will he set a new career high in goals this year?
Will this be his breakout season?
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