Toronto Maple Leafs Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced Friday that the team has traded centreman David Steckel to the Anaheim Ducks. In exchange, the Maple Leafs will receive right-winger Ryan Lasch and Anaheim’s seventh-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Lasch will be assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
Lasch, 26, is a native of Lake Forest, California and was a free agent signing of the Ducks on May 31, 2012. He is currently playing in the Swedish Elite League with the Vaxjo Lakers. Lasch represented Team USA at the 2012 IIHF World Championship and collected two assists in seven games. Last season, he captured the Finnish Elite League scoring title by recording 62 points (24 goals and 38 assists). He earned 183 points (79 goals and 104 assists) in 161 career collegiate games with St. Cloud State (WCHA) from 2006 to 2010 to become the all-time leading scorer at the university.
Steckel had one assist in 13 games played with Toronto this season. He joined the Maple Leafs in a trade with New Jersey on October 4, 2011.
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