Player Profile: Canucks Troy Stecher

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Some fans call Troy Stecher Vancouver's best player as of late. Stecher was a free agent that Canucks signed in the summer of 2016. He spent 3 years playing for the University of North Dakota, where he played along side Canucks prospect Brock Boeser.

Stecher played only 4 games for the Utica Comets before making his debut with Vancouver. Stecher has been on the roster since November 4th and has made a huge impact to Canucks defence. He isn't big in size at only 5'10.

Quite a few Canucks players have been shocked by his play. Luca Sbsia said:

When I first saw him, I was like: is this the new guy we signed? He's pretty small - he better have some skill. Whew, he has surprised me. He's been unreal for us.

 Alex Burrows had good things to say about the rookie:

He doesn't take it for granted. He knows he's got to show up every game and every practice. He listens to everything we talk about. And he competes hard. I think he's always been overlooked his entire life, I'm sure he got cut from many teams, but he overcame all those challenges.

For his size, he packs a lot of skill and a shot at the blue line that Vancouver was seeking. All of Vancouver's defence have stepped up when two veterans went down to injuries. Stecher has stood out the most, maybe because people expected the least from him.

What happens when the two veteran defencemen come back from injury. Will the Canucks make a trade to free up a spot for Stecher? Or will they send him down to Utica?

Infographic: The numbers needed to reach the Stanley Cup Final

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With teams reaching the Stanley Cup over the last decade averaging a 60% winning record in the regular season, it is easy to see why some are already being written off this time around. The area where most teams fall down is simply not scoring enough goals. The Colorado Avalanche averaged 51 shot attempts per hour at five-on-five last season, and while this is above the average required to reach the finals, their conversion rate was simply not good enough. The likes of Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay and St. Louis all have far superior goal scoring records, just part of the reason for their success of late.

Las Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Roster Predictions

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When Las Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee submits his list of 30 players on June 21, 2017, he will have to choose a minimum of 14 forwards, 9 defencemen and 3 goalies. TSN Craig Button has these expansion draft roster predictions:

Huge Hit: Kris Russell demolishes Tyler Motte

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The Edmonton Oilers defenseman, Kris Russell, is only 5’10” and 170 pounds. Don't let his small stature fool you, Russell is capable of hitting like the big boys.

NHL Trade Rumors: Shayne Gostisbehere to Montreal Canadiens

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There are rumors that the relationship between the Philadelphia Flyers and their young defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere is strained. Gostisbehere is struggling with giveaways, and the Flyers have the worst goals-against in the league. Ghost’s ice time is on the decrease and he was healthy scratched recently.

Video: Matt Calvert takes slap shot to face, gets 30 stitches, scores game winning goal

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Columbus Blue Jackets left winger Matt Calvert proved why hockey players are the toughest athletes on the planet on Friday. During a game against the New York Rangers, Calvert took a Nick Holden slap shot to the face.

Erik Karlsson proposes with a ring in center of a pizza

Ottawa Senators defenseman, Erik Karlsson, proposed on Friday to girlfriend Melinda Currey in an unusual way. He put the massive diamond ring in the center of a pepperoni pizza.
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