Troy Stecher

by Cam Robinson on March 6, 2017

Troy Stecher, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 192

Born: 1994-04-07

Hometown: Richmond, BC, CAN

Drafted: Signed as undrafted free agent

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2017 – Stecher has continued to put up positive first year numbers. Seeing just shy of three minutes a night on the Canucks top power play unit and over 20 minutes in all situations, the former UND standout has been gaining invaluable experience that will hopefully yield bulging results when the Vancouver youth movement finally arrives. As a smart, offensively-minded right-handed defenseman, Stecher is trending into a very valuable commodity for the Canucks and has the potential to do the same for fantasy squads as well. Cam Robinson

 

December 2016 – Due to injuries to the Canucks' top pairing of Alex Edler and Chris Tanev, Stecher has been up with the big squad and seeing big minutes. He's been seeing 21-plus minutes a night and close to three minutes on the top power play unit. His seven points in 21 games doesn't jump off the page but he's firing three shots on goal per night which is extremely impressive for a rookie defender. He's been a fantastic addition to the Canucks' organization and should be a staple on that top power play for years to come. Cam Robinson

 

October 2016 – Stecher has been recalled from the Utica Comets and will dress for his NHL debut tonight. Judging by the game day skate, he will slot in next to Alex Edler on the first pairing and next to Philip Larsen on the first power play unit. It should be an exciting night for the Vancouver-product, playing in front of his home crowd with friends and family in the house. Cam Robinson

 

October 2016 – Stecher has been the revelation of camp thus far. The NCAA free agent signee has done nothing but impress in every appearance and is forcing the Canucks to make a very difficult decision. With waiver eligibility and needing to get players their requisite games to expose them in next June's expansion draft, there are many mitigating factors at play. That said, Stecher has been one of Vancouver's best defenders through camp and the preseason and looks to have forced his way onto the team to start. We'll know for certain soon enough. Cam Robinson
 
September 2016 – Stecher looked very impressive in his first game within the Canucks' organization Friday at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, B.C. The recently-signed NCAA defender was aggressive at both ends of the rink, piling nine shots on goal and breaking up a couple odd-man rushes against. He is a dark horse to crack the NHL lineup out of camp, similar to Ben Hutton a year ago. Cam Robinson
 

September 2016 – After a successful three-year stint at the University of North Dakota, Stecher signed with his hometown Canucks following an NCAA championship victory alongside now-franchise mate Brock Boeser. Stecher will battle in camp for a spot among the top eight defenders but is most likely to spend the majority of the season in Utica of the AHL. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in smarts. Cam Robinson

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

What he lacks in size he makes up for in skill and determination. A strong puck mover with offensive skills to burn.

 

Footage: Troy Stecher 2015-16 NCAA highlights.

 

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