11. The Toronto trade always comes up whenever Steen is mentioned. But Vancouver was apparently another team the Maple Leafs targeted as a possibility. The ask? Kevin Bieksa. It’s totally understandable why the Canucks didn’t do it. While everyone was still figuring out Steen’s potential – he had four points in 20 games at the time – Bieksa was en route to a 43-point season and a pivotal role on the club.
In hindsight, it worked out in the end for the Blues and Canucks, but not so much for the Leafs.
Bieksa has developed into a workhorse top-four defenceman and has presence over the past nine seasons has been invaluable to the Canucks.
It looks like the Blues have a player that is finally realizing his full scoring potential. We will see if Steen continues to score at an elite level into the second-half of the season and beyond.