He’s listed as 5’11, 191 pounds, but numbers lie. He plays like he’s 6’2, 210 pounds and if you have a problem with that, try confronting him. Steve Downie is a perfect fit for this young Avalanche squad. Drafted in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers (29th Overall), Downie is just 24 years old. Downie had played in 55 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning this year and compiled 12 goals, 16 assists, and a whopping 121 penalty minutes (even scarier, he had 208 PIMS two years ago).
But it’s more than just a sick right hook or the nasty left jab that will sting the opponent. He brings an attitude and flare that will be sure to spark the offense. He reminds me a little, of Adam Deadmarsh in his prime. Not afraid to throw his body around, score a timely goal, and add depth and energy to an already youthful lineup.
Do me a favor, go to www.hockeyfights.com and check out what Steve Downie does, and not just the fight, but how he goes to the net, fights for space and at the end of the day…just has enough of Alexander Urborn of the New Jersey Devils on December 12th, 2011. He’s no Bob Boughner, but I will take a guy like this every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
I like Kyle Quincey. He was a good defenseman. But this move makes the Avalanche stronger and gives them more depth and more spunk up front. Steve Downie, welcome to Colorado.