Born: April 7th, 1994, Richmond, British Columbia
Position: D Shoots: Right
Drafted: Undrafted and signed with Vancouver in 2016
Frozen Four All-Tournament Team, West Second All-American Team, and NCHC Second All-Star Team are some accolades that supported Troy Stecher’s resume heading in to the 2016 NHL Draft. Seven rounds later Troy’s name was never called. Now, two years later, Stecher has made a name for himself in the NHL. Let’s get in to what Stecher is good at and what he can improve on.
Looking back on this past season, Stecher put up roughly half of the points as the 24 he contributed in 2016. You should take in effect that he fired 31 less shots on goal than in 2016. His +/- improved 7 notches and his physical presence took place a lot more this past season. In 2016, Stecher had 51 hits at even strength. This year, Stecher more than DOUBLED that amount with 111 hits at even strength. 9 more blocks, and 6 fewer giveaways, and you begin to appreciate what Troy is starting to display on the back end. Offensively, Stecher boasts excellent puck-moving skills, along with great passing capacity. But, it’s on the opposing end that I legitimately saw substantial improvement with Stecher in 68 games. First instincts when perceiving a 5’10”, 190 pound blue-liner, is an offensive-defenseman who will never execute as a two-way rearguard. To my surprise, Stecher expressed awareness defensively, and showed evident reliability to Travis Green and the Canucks front office. 4th on the team in DPS (Defensive Point Shares), when many doubted you as a defender, is an accomplishment that Stecher can hopefully bring with him heading in to next season.
We are fair over here at Nucks Miscounduct so let’s look at what Stecher must enhance in his play going in to camp. First, I noticed Stecher is still not comfortable in his own end with the puck, he gets more and more concerned with longer possessions. I am unsure if I should critique his size, when he vastly improved from a physical standpoint. Although, being the 5th highest player in average ice team on the team, I wanted to see Stecher take his offensive game to another level. At the end of the 2018-2019 season, I expect Stecher to be in the top 10 on the Canucks in CF% Rel, and show the fans of Vancouver that he can truly compete to be a 20 minute blue-liner.
How would you grade Stecher’s 2017-2018 season?
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