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Vancouver Canucks 2018-19 Season Review: Troy Stecher

The Richmond kid did ok last year...being from Richmond.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Who’s this guy? Troy Stecher

Position: Defense

Shoots: R

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 186 lbs soaking wet

Born: Some place south of Vancouver Int. Airport, B.C.

Vancouver Canucks signed him to a two-year entry-level contract on April 13, 2016. Stetcher was re-signed in 2018 to a 2 year contract for an AAV of $2,235,000.

When I think of Stecher I think of this...

That’s one cute dog.

The second thing I think of is, that it must be pretty cool for a kid from Richmond to play for his hometown team. Stecher’s journey from high school hockey in South Delta to junior hockey in Penticton and university in North Dakota, led him back to the team he grew up cheering for.

Of course to balance out this Cinderella story, I will point out that Troy joined a defense core that was evolving at the time and now is in the bottom third of the league. I am not blaming Troy for this...ok, maybe a little I am.

What’d he do?

Stecher was the team leader for defensemen in games played last year and was second in assists (21) and points (23) for defensemen as well.

So was he any good?

He plays for the Canucks on defense. Doesn’t that answer the question? His durability was a godsend as the team suffered many injuries on D and Stecher provided that stability for Green on the backend. Stecher ate up a lot of EV minutes so that others could play on special teams.

I put this goal into this category as it was credited to Troy. (Thanks Dowd) Troy’s other goal was an empty-netter against the Sharks in April.

Cool. So what did we hate?

Not his dog Phoebe, that’s for sure.

On the other hand Troy’s 1.9% shooting was atrocious. I want to point out it was only above 1% because of the empty netter. Having defensemen who are unable to score has been the achilles heel of the Canucks for years.

Stecher is only 5’10 and physicality is not something he is known for. Biega played half the games and had more hits. The Canucks as a team need to get a little more physical in their own end, started with guys like Stecher.

So what now?

Much like Hutton last year, Stecher will have to impress this year to get another contract from the Canucks. It should interesting to see who Stecher gets as a partner this year. Will it be un-steady Eddie or Jordie? Troy better take some notes from Hughes and start skating and creating more off the rush instead of trying to get rid of the hot potato as quick as possible.

I think for Troy to get that new contract he will have to continue to stay healthy, play a more offensive game and be stronger on the puck in his own end.