David Steckel
HEIGHT: 6' 6"
BIRTHDATE: 03/15/1982
DRAFTED: LAK: 2001-30 overall
* Scored the OT winner and won 73% of his faceoffs in Game 6 at PIT
* Had goals in back-to-back games in Games 1-2 vs. PIT
* Leads the team and ranks fourth in the league at 58.2% on faceoffs
* Had two assists in the NYR series; both came in Game 6
Posted career highs in points (19), goals (8), assists (11), shots (103) and games played (76) in his second full NHL season … Led the team and ranked fifth in the NHL with a 57.9 winning faceoff percentage … Recorded three shorthanded points (2g-1a)… Led the team and was third among NHL forwards with 3:48 of shorthanded ice time per game … Capitals were 6-2-0 when he scored a goal and 15-2-1 when he recorded a point … Tied for fourth on the team with five game-winning assists …Recorded a goal and an assist 11/19 at ANA … Played his 100th career game 11/29 at CBJ … Had a career-best three-game point streak from 12/30—1/3 (1g-2a) …Won nine out of his 10 faceoffs vs. COL on 1/20 … Recorded three goals and five points in 14 Stanley Cup playoff games, with all three goals coming in the ECSF vs. PIT … Led the team and ranked fourth in the league through two playoff rounds at 58.4% on faceoffs (finished fourth in the playoffs) … Had two assists in Game 6 of the ECQF at NYR (4/26) … Scored goals in each of the first two games of the ECSF vs. PIT (5/2, 5/4) … Scored the OT winner and won 73% of his faceoffs in Game 6 at PIT in the ECSF.

Registered 12 points (5g-7a) in 67 games in his first full NHL season … Averaged 13:33 ice time, posting more than 15 minutes 17 times … Led the team and ranked seventh in the league with a 56.3% faceoff percentage … Capitals were 5-0-0 when he registered a goal and 8-2-0 when he had a point … Recorded even or better plus-minus rating in 51 of 67 games … Won 18 faceoffs at BUF (10/13), the most for a Caps center all year … Posted first career NHL goal vs. TB (10/24) … Skated career-high 22:26 at ATL (11/6) … Recorded first career NHL assist vs. CAR (11/24) … Scored eight seconds into the second period 12/15 at TB, the fastest Caps goal to start a period of the year .. Notched a goal and two assists 12/26 vs. TB … Scored the GWG vs. COL (1/9) … Posted points in back-to-back games (2/15 at FLA, 2/16 at TB) … Scored four of his five goals against TB (10/24, 12/15, 12/26, 2/16), beating three different Lightning goaltenders … The first NHL player to score his first three goals against one team but three goaltenders since EDM’s Raimo Summanen vs. LA (3/31/84-10/20/85 vs. Markus Mattsson, Bob Janecyk and Darren Eliot) … Had a goal and an assist in seven playoff games … Scored his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 1 of the ECQF vs. PHI (4/11).

Saw action in five games during three NHL stints … Won 62.0% of his faceoffs … Was a +1, had three shots on goal and skated a season-high 19:22 at ATL (4/4) … Played 71 games with Hershey (AHL) and was second on the team in goals (30) and plus/minus rating (+28) … Ranked tied for 17th in the AHL in goals and third in the league in plus/minus rating … His five shorthanded goals tied for the AHL lead … Finished third on the Bears in assists (31) and points (61) … Closed the AHL regular season with a 12-game point-scoring streak … Posted 15 points (6g-9a) in 19 playoff games … Finished tied for 10th in the AHL in playoff scoring and tied for fourth in plus/minus rating (+10) … Led the AHL with three SHGs … Ranked fifth on Hershey in playoff scoring, sixth in goals and first in plus/minus rating.
2005-06: Played seven games for Washington in four NHL stints … Finished with a +1 rating and was not on the ice for an even-strength goal against … Made his NHL debut vs. PHI (12/31) … Skated a season-high 10:48 vs. TOR (2/3) … Shared the team lead with 74 games played in Hershey … Finished 13th on the Bears in scoring with 34 points (14g-20a) … Point total doubled his output from his rookie AHL season … Four of his goals were SHGs … Two goals came on the power play and two were game-winners … Played in all 21 playoff games in Hershey’s run to the Calder Cup … Finished third on the team and seventh in the AHL in playoff goals with 10 … Ranked tied for fifth on the team and tied for 16th in the league with 15 playoff points … Scored goals in four straight playoff games from 4/21-5/4 … Had a two-goal game vs. Portland (5/20).
2004-05: Spent most of his first professional season playing for Manchester (AHL) … Head coach in Manchester was Bruce Boudreau … Posted 17 points (10g-7a) in 63 games … Was named the Monarchs Booster Club’s Player of the Month for March … Added a goal and an assist in six playoff games … Played nine games with Reading (ECHL) … Recorded three goals and six assists.

College Career
Played four years at Ohio State (CCHA), surpassing the century mark in points (105).
2003-04: Matched his career high in goals (17) and added 13 assists … Helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament.
2002-03: Helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament.
2000-01: Made an impressive debut as a freshman, recording 35 points (17g-18a) in 33 games … Earned CCHA All-Rookie Team honors.
1998-00: Played two seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.


Los Angeles’ first-round choice, 30th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft … Signed as a free agent by Washington, Aug. 25, 2005.

Supports the American Cancer Society … Spends time golfing, reading and landscaping in the offseason … Favorite sport other than hockey is golf; favorite athlete is Michael Phelps.