Best passer on the team, even better than Paul Stastny. Steve Downie's patience with the puck is Peter Forsberg-esque, and he always manages to complete his passes through traffic.
Easy to see why he had 12 assists last post season, despite assisting on only one Steven Stamkos goal.
I wouldn't say he's a better passer than Stastny, but the way he slows the game down to his pace, and then takes advantage of it at the right time is very Forsberg'esque like you say. Different players, but Downie looks like he has a very high hockey sense to me.
At first he was benefiting from playing with O'Reilly and Lando. Now they're starting to benefit from playing with him. He gets them a lot of open ice with the puck, by the way he waits for defenders to get close to him before passing.
Glad Downs seems to be playing well for you guys. Still miss the hell out of the guy. Still feel bad that he got traded.. He is a great guy to have on your team
Edit: I read the entire trade thread just to try to find out what Avs fans thought of him, then found the link here.
Saw that Quincy got suspended, glad we didn't keep him. Seems like a low class ********* from reading what you guys wrote.
Pretty sure this is my first time posting on another teams page.
Don't make it your last. Downie was awesome until he got injured. After that he was clearly off, couldn't pass as hard, wasn't as strong on the puck, and wasn't nearly as aggressive. I'm excited to see what he can do next year when healthy and allowed to continue to play with O'Reilly and Landeskog.
I'm a big Downie fan and really want him and Tanguay feeding Mac on the same line once Mac settles in and no longer needs two body guards. That would be a sexy line that make would score a lot of goals on.
I almost feel bad for the player that takes a run at MacKinnon during the season. Whoever it is will have both McGinn and Downie feeding them punches though with Downie maybe he'd be tasting a hockey stick or something.