Reading the Tea Leafs: Alex Steen

Following on the success of two other dormant series PPP and I have decided that in order to fill the gap in NHL news that we'll take a look at each of the current Leafs, possible Leafs on the Marlies, and prospects. We'll recap their performance last year, what we can expect from them, and how they can win our hearts (hint: signing the contract was a good first step...unless your name is Bryan McCabe). We have no idea how long of a series this will end up being or how consistent it will be but with two of us expect it to only be half as half-assed and twice as timely.

Steen just dancing with the puck.

Contract Status (according to NHL Numbers)
$1.7M salary, $1.7M cap hit, RFA July 1, 2010

Age (as of October 1, 2008)
24 - March 1, 1984

NHL Seasons
Three

Run of the Mill Biographical Information

2007-2008 Stats and Team Ranking

(Scoring rates via Behind The Net)

Counting Stats Total/Rank Category 5-on-5 5-on-4 4-on-5
Games Played

76 - 5

TOI/60 12.98 1.68 2.9
Goals 15 - 6 Pts/60 1.70 4.22 0.27
Assists 27 - 6 GFON/60 2.68 6.57 0.27
Points 42 - 5 GAON/60 2.68 1.88 5.71

Former Leaf he'd have to play like in order to be christened a deity
He's handsome and Swedish and we want Steen to score a lot of goals, I'd say his name but hopefully said player will be a Leaf and thus no longer be a "former Leaf".

Biggest Question Marks
Steen's play is a little soft, and he's gotten decent minutes without really improving his production since his rookie season. This is a common problem with the Leafs young kids, so hopefully it's something systematic and we'll see all that start to change.

2007-2008 Summary
Steen didn't have a bad campaign in 08, despite it being a flawed statistic he was an even plus/minus on a Toronto team that gave up 30 goals more than it scored on the season.

He also can take a hit better than Joffrey Lupul.

Projected 2008-2009 role/team
Steen absolutely needs to have a breakout year. He's going to be seeing a lot more ice time, and in his fourth campaign he's not going to be looked at as a fresh face kid anymore. He's a first round pick with good hands and quick feet, but he needs to put it all together and score more than 50 points this year.

I think a great season for Steen this year would look something like 25G 35A 60P in 82 games, and with his increased ice time and role he should be able to achieve those numbers.

Remember, Toronto might not make the playoffs, but if they're rebuilding we need a core of young guys to emerge as solid players for the future. Guys like Steen, Stajan, Stralman, they could form a tight core, but they're going to need to elevate their games.

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