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Maple Leafs acquire Steckel from Devils

Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 6:51 PM / News

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Maple Leafs acquire Steckel from Devils
Looking to bolster his team up the middle, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke acquired center David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in exchange for a fourth-round pick at the 2012 Entry Draft.
Looking to bolster his team up the middle, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke acquired center David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night in exchange for a fourth-round pick at the 2012 Entry Draft.

Steckel, 29, led all NHL players in faceoff winning percentage (62.3 percent) last season. Overall, he has placed in the top seven in faceoff winning percentage in each of his first four full NHL seasons. The native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists) in 309 career NHL games with the Devils and Washington Capitals. A veteran of 24 NHL playoff games with the Caps, Steckel has 4 goals and 3 assists.

Steckel was selected in the first round (No. 30) by the Los Angeles Kings at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
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