I shouldn’t have used this pick for Troy Stecher, but its just so good. It’s almost like that oil painting of Kramer.
There were two debuts last night, but only one that people wanted to see. The much heralded return to Vancouver for Troy Stecher, who impressed both fans and the Canucks Front Office alike, during the preseason. However, Jayson Megna also made his Canucks debut, after coming over from the New York Rangers in the summer. He played six games for New York in the 2015-2016 season picking up a goal and assist, and a plus-2.
Stecher definitely jumped out of the frying pan, and landed in the fire, pre-game anyway. He was named to the top Power Play unit, which would have been great to see, except the Canucks had a whopping six-second Power Play. Apparently the referees only saw two penalties all game (one for the Sens and Canucks) and they almost at the same time.
No Power Play time aside, Stecher still passed the eye-test. He made some good defensive plays, and didn’t get in too many jams. He was out there for a goal-against, as was Megna, which came during an atrocious line-change. This isn’t 100% excusable, however, it’s not egregious either. The overall consensus was a positive debut for Stecher, with many even saying he was the best Canuck on the ice.
I also think that is the biggest takeaway. In a game where most of the roster looked sloppy, and did not put forth the best effort, he was a standout performer. It wasn’t as if they coddled him either, with 22:35 of TOI, which was second only to Alex Edler, who had two seconds more. This was probably the best sign, coming into the NHL, damn near playing the most time on the team, and looking solid.
I don’t want to completely ignore Megna either. He played 11:19, which was just over three minutes more than Brandan Gaunce which was a bit odd. He didn’t impress, but he wasn’t a liability. He threw a couple hits, and looked speedy. He won’t be a guy who can win you a series or anything, but so far he looks like a solid fourth-liner and doesn’t cost $2.5m a year.