Stecher could not have drawn up his first goal any better. He scored it at home, in the final two minutes with the goalie pulled. The game went to overtime, where his teammate Markus Granlund won it.
Can there be a better story?
If there was any doubt whether Stecher belongs with the big club, this goal should erase them. He paced the Canucks for six shots in their last game versus the Detroit Red Wings, and tied for the team lead again this game with four.
Troy Stecher brings something that the Canucks are lacking: a offensive threat from the blueline. Since he joined the team he has not merely held his own. He has actually driven Vancouver’s offense.
There are few offensive defensemen on the Canucks. And none of them look to shoot the puck at every opportunity like Stecher does.
He hasn’t just made the team; he has made the better.