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10-25-2012, 03:08 PM
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I'm not speaking for the fans, I'm speaking about what the Canucks are likely to prefer.
For those who pay attention, the Canucks bottom-6 centers (Lapierre/Malhotra) are basically there to take defensive zone face offs, get the puck in deep, and change. Steckel is somewhere between marginally and notably better defensively, and is FAR superior to Bozak on face offs.
If Bozak was on the Canucks, I'm very confident he'd be switched to wing before being tasked with defensive zone face offs against top competition.
I would still be extremely surprised if MG preferred Steckel to Bozak. Steckel is pretty useless as a hockey player outside of faceoffs, while Bozak has a nice, well-rounded game that Gillis seems to love. Not to mention Bozak could slide in perfectly on the depth chart as a #3 center, whereas we already have Malhotra, Lapierre and Kassian on the 4th line, and I don't see Steckel bumping any of them off.
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