Jan Steber

Hometown:

Ostrava Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1985-10-19

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Selected by Toronto in the 8th round (252nd Overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft

Weight:

202 lbs.

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History

Selected 16th overall by the Halifax Mooseheads in the 2003 CHL import draft. Steber had one assist playing for Team Orr in the CHL Top Prospects Game. He was also selected to play for the Czech under-20 team in a tournament against Russia in April. The tournament was part of the evaluation process for the World Junior tournament to be held in North Dakota.

Talent Analysis

Steber was originally brought into Halifax to play alongside fellow Czech, and New Jersey Devils prospect, Petr Vrana. However, with Vrana battling injuries all season and Steber acclimatizing to North America, he failed to produce at the level many were expecting. Despite this, Steber seems to have many of the tools needed to develop into a solid pro prospect. He has decent size and is strong on his skates, though he may lack breakaway quickness. He has soft hands, a heavy shot and seems comfortable in the offensive zone. At 6’3 he could stand to add a little muscle, as he can get knocked off the puck too easily by puny Q league defensemen. Steber could also show a more interest in the defensive zone as his -26 plus/minus will attest. Nonetheless, shoddy defensive play is likely the norm amongst 18-year-old Q rookies.

Future

If he starts to show more of a willingness to get his nose dirty he could develop into a 2nd or 3rd line, Ruslan Fedotenko-type of winger.