The Detroit Red Wings signed Troy Stecher this offseason, and he is the defenseman that fans should be most excited about.
As Detroit Red Wings fans start to look at the offseason haul and the new names, a few should stick out. Troy Stecher, a defenseman, should be the one that fans are most excited about. While the Red Wings have had an incredible offseason all around, the defense core should greatly improve.
Given that the defense core is improving look for Stecher to lead that core in terms of getting the most out of new signees. Stecher will provide the most offense of new signings on the defensive end, but Jon Merill could also surprise as a player to watch on the back end.
For the Red Wings, things could not get much worse on the back end during the 2019-20 season, but one thing is certain: they will improve in 2020-21. The 2019-20 season also saw the Red Wings special teams rank near the bottom of the league.
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That being said, Stecher could likely slot onto a power-play unit, quarterbacking things from the top of the zone and helping the Red Wings get more done offensively.
In an ideal world, Stecher will be able to help the organization convert more often and be able to put the puck in the net.
Stecher is a 26-year old right-handed shooting defenseman who has played his last four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks organization.
In 2019-20, Stecher played in 69 total games where he totaled five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in a Canucks uniform.
While Stecher is no offensive defenseman that is going to go out and win a Norris trophy, he will still provide a nice boost in offense for the Red Wings. The organization cannot get worse, compared to the 2019-20 season, so 2020-21 will be an improvement.
While the Red Wings will have three new defensemen suiting up for the organization, Stecher provides a plethora of upside. Stecher is also a right-handed shooting defenseman, one of just three currently on the NHL roster.
Stecher joins Alex Biega and Filip Hronek as the right-handed shots on the back end. This means that Stecher should slot into the second pairing as Biega will be on the third pairing or as the floating seventh defenseman.
Hronek will hold down things on the first pairing, and Stecher will be given opportunities on the second line. While Biega will be on the third pairing, he could get overtaken by Moritz Seider if he winds up seeing NHL ice during the 2020-21 season.
But, as the 2020-21 season (hopefully) comes into focus soon, watch for Troy Stecher to wind up being the best among the crop of new defenseman on the Detroit Red Wings back end.