- 215 pounds
- Career high - 19 points
- Last year on a 1.1 cap hit contract
- Last year he had 8 goals
- Faceoff stats the past three years (not incl. this year): 58%, 62.3%, 59.2%
- 170 hits/76 games last year
Who: David Steckel.
So, it was thought that Steckel would be the perfect fit under RC in Toronto, but he seems to have fallen out of favour, having played only 5 games - although he is playing today, he has had less ice time today than any other Leaf besides Colton Orr.
Back in his Washington days he played regularly on the PK (1st amongst forwards on his team in 2009-2010 in SHTOI/G) and took important faceoffs.
He's a big body, who isn't afraid to play physical, is great on the faceoffs and can play LW if needed.
Other reasons why Gillis might be interested is that he's a former 1st round pick and he wore the 'A' during his college days, indicating good character. He played on the same college team as Ryan Kesler. Also, if there's any chance GMMG is moving RL to WSH, then there will be a connection already here (a la Higgins & Lapierre type thing).
With Manny out, a guy like this will be useful IMO.
Something like this could be reasonable..
To Toronto: 4th round pick 2013 + Andrew Ebbett + ___________ (?)
To Vancouver: David Steckel + a 7th rounder 2014
Then the Canucks could ice a bottom-4 of:
Volpatti - Steckel - Lapierre
And Nonis gets a decent depth player to replace Steckel's current position as well as a better piece for the future.