North Dakota free agent junior defenseman Troy Stecher has signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
Stecher was one of the top free agents available in college hockey this season and with a multitude of options to start his pro career, it's no surprise to see the Vancouver-area native choose his hometown team. He already owns this sweet vintage jersey:
Who said it was a week off for the UND men's hockey team? Game on at University Park. pic.twitter.com/ruRtehxQSY— Brad E. Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) February 5, 2016
We ranked Stecher as the best NHL free agent in college hockey this season, and the 19th-best overall NHL prospect in the NCAA this year:
Stecher is one of the most dynamic defenders in the NCAA. His exceptional skating ability allows him to get up the ice and become a fourth attacker on the offensive rush, while still being able to get back and cover defensively. Stecher should be a perfect fit for the possession-oriented style of play in the NHL that values defensemen that can contribute offensively as well as play solid defense.