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Great on faceoffs... Does little else. Seems like he could work on the 4th line, although potentially a little slow.
 

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Like Tyler said, great on faceoffs. Even with that, the opposition spent most of the time in Steckel's end, taking shots and creating scoring chances. Was -5 for the year despite receiving a .947 SV% from his goalies while he was on the ice, which simply isn't sustainable. A league average SV% behind him, and that -5 looks like paradise. Was 135-71 on defensive zone PK faceoffs, but was still scored on at a markedly higher rate than the other centres on his team (7 PKGA/60 compared to 5 PKGA/60).

He'll get the Toronto media and fans talking about faceoffs, will score a scant number of points, won't really make the PK any better.

I guess the Leafs identified a need for a faceoff specialist they can use on the PK. For me, I'd rather have a guy who's 50% on the dot, but good at killing penalties. It's $1.1M in cap space that is definitely better spent than on a goon, but I think the Leafs are treading water with this deal.

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Like Tyler said, great on faceoffs. Even with that, the opposition spent most of the time in Steckel's end, taking shots and creating scoring chances. Was -5 for the year despite receiving a .947 SV% from his goalies while he was on the ice, which simply isn't sustainable. A league average SV% behind him, and that -5 looks like paradise. Was 135-71 on defensive zone PK faceoffs, but was still scored on at a markedly higher rate than the other centres on his team (7 PKGA/60 compared to 5 PKGA/60).

He'll get the Toronto media and fans talking about faceoffs, will score a scant number of points, won't really make the PK any better.

I guess the Leafs identified a need for a faceoff specialist they can use on the PK. For me, I'd rather have a guy who's 50% on the dot, but good at killing penalties. It's $1.1M in cap space that is definitely better spent than on a goon, but I think the Leafs are treading water with this deal.

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I'm just wondering. Could such a high SV% be indicative of good defensive play and forcing the opposition into taking bad angled shots?

Also i see us sending Steckel out winning the Face off, a dump and then get Grabo on there with Kulemin.
 

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I'm just wondering. Could such a high SV% be indicative of good defensive play and forcing the opposition into taking bad angled shots?
Ahhhh... Lou doesn't know great defense when he sees it, and sent him to the Leafs for a pick that probably won't pan out with an NHL player... Either Steckel's really good in his end and no hockey men have noticed, or he's a one-dimensional faceoff machine. My money is on the latter.

Also i see us sending Steckel out winning the Face off, a dump and then get Grabo on there with Kulemin.
And it could work out, you never know. It would be great for the Leafs if it does. I *do* know this: if forced to choose between two role players:

a) Great face-off man, average PKer, or
b) Great PKer, average face-off man

Then I'm going with "B" every time, and am happy to do so. My penalty kill will be better with him out there. Hockey is more a game of puck position than puck possession, and player B impacts that more than player A.

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