Steen does papa proud

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Alexander Steen has adopted some on-ice wizardry even his proud poppa Thomas didn't know about.

The elder Steen had seen his talented kid play an NHL game before, but only on television.

So imagine his surprise when he arrived in Toronto less than a week ago and was able to attend a couple of regular season tilts for the first time.

"He made some moves I've never seen before," said Thomas Steen, the former Winnipeg Jet who compiled 817 points during an illustrious 14-year NHL career.

From his perch in the Air Canada Centre press box, Thomas, a scout with the Minnesota Wild, was able to witness the similarities in the styles of father and son.

"There are a lot of them," Thomas said. "His hands, his hockey sense. Right now he's still feeling his way through things. I've seen him at every level. I know when he's becoming more comfortable and I'm starting to see that now."

Even after spending a few days at Alexander's condo, Thomas admits the kid did not pick his brain too much concerning hockey issues.

"He asks things now and then," he said. "I can only tell him what worked for me and what didn't."

While Alexander might end up as a linemate of Mat Sundin when the Toronto captain returns from an eye injury, there is speculation fellow rookie Kyle Wellwood might be a candidate to be sent down if the Leafs need to open a roster spot for Sundin.


Videos

Photos