Height: 6' 5", Weight: 215 pounds
Born: 3.15.82 West Bend, Wisconsin
|How he arrived: Traded by the Washington Capitals with Capitals' 2nd round pick in the 2012 E.D.
for Jason Arnott, 2.28.11
How he left: Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Maple Leafs' 4th round pick in the 2012 E.D.,
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Puck control begins with faceoffs, and Steckel was probably the best drawman in the game when he was in the NHL.
His acquisition at the trade deadline addressed a huge need not just at the time, but (at initial thought) for the next few
seasons; they haven't really had a regular capable third line center since they let John Madden go through free agency.
And even then, there were games where he would play on the fourth line. But don't let that fool you about what he's
worth. He's also a valuable defensive player and penalty killer.
Sometimes things just don't work out, though, referring to being traded to Toronto after the 2011 training camp.
Probably a Bruce Boudreau favorite, too. He had recommended him to come to the Caps' organization while he was
coaching the Hershey Bears. (At the time, Steckel had become a FA after a season with the Manchester Monarchs.
Boudreau had first coached him there.) Well, they got him, and until the trade to New Jersey, had played under
Boudreau almost his entire time in the organization.
The two would reunite in Anaheim... sorta. While Steckel did play under him again, it was only for a handful of games,
as he predominantly was playing in the AHL for the Norfolk Admirals.
After the 14-15 season, he went to Germany to play for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers.
|Entry Draft: 2001 First Round Pick (30th overall) by the
Los Angeles Kings