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NYR Viper 04-09-2013 02:44 PM

Derek Stepan Version 2.0
 
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Bob Richards 04-09-2013 02:49 PM

After last night, Step continues to pad those stats. He still leads all American Centers in virtually every important statistical category other than FO.

Beacon 04-09-2013 02:52 PM

He's a hair below being on pace for 70 points over 82 games.

WhipNash27 04-09-2013 02:53 PM

I look forward to many years of Nash and Stepan tearing it up together.

HockeyBasedNYC 04-09-2013 03:53 PM

That was a big time, clutch goal he scored last night. Really too bad the Rangers couldn't back it up.

As he was coming down on the 2-1 im SCREAMING at the TV for him to shoot, because Powe was with him and that just wouldn't have happened. I like how Step is taking control of things. After he scored, it reminded me of how he played in the worlds. He's really taken the next step in the NHL and is going to be just as money as he was in that tournament in big spots. He just seems to have that swagger about him now.

The thing about him that I just love is there are multiple times during the game where the Rangers will be running around, or he'll pick up a loose puck in traffic (he just finds the right areas of the ice to be in) when the team might not be in the greatest of positions and he'll slow it down, curl back around, calmly reset his line. It takes a special player, especially at the NHL level to do that - and it really makes a team better because it maintains possession or gets them out of that frazzled defensive state (that Rangers have had issues with that all year).

JohnC 04-09-2013 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Beacon (Post 63629663)
He's a hair below being on pace for 70 points over 82 games.

Do you guys calculate this with an equation? Or is there some sort of shortened season calculator?

Pi 04-09-2013 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by jcman (Post 63633539)
Do you guys calculate this with an equation? Or is there some sort of shortened season calculator?

Points/games played * Total games in a season.

Rangers Fail 04-09-2013 04:17 PM

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Originally Posted by jcman (Post 63633539)
do you guys calculate this with an equation? Or is there some sort of shortened season calculator?

(33/39)x82=69.38

BrianBoyle 04-09-2013 04:17 PM

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Originally Posted by jcman (Post 63633539)
Do you guys calculate this with an equation? Or is there some sort of shortened season calculator?

http://www.nhl.com/ice/player.htm?id...13&view=splits

JohnC 04-09-2013 04:18 PM

Well I feel stupid.

Math was never my forte :help:

aufheben 04-09-2013 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by HockeyBasedNYC (Post 63632553)
As he was coming down on the 2-1 im SCREAMING at the TV for him to shoot, because Powe was with him and that just wouldn't have happened. I like how Step is taking control of things. After he scored, it reminded me of how he played in the worlds. He's really taken the next step in the NHL and is going to be just as money as he was in that tournament in big spots. He just seems to have that swagger about him now..

It's been exciting watching that level of play translate to the NHL. :)
He was a total game changer in that tournament.

Ail 04-09-2013 06:27 PM

Man, for the past two seasons I've been quietly thinking to myself that this kid was probably the most overrated player on the team, at least by the boards standards. This coming from someone who was pretty high on him after the WJC.

I'm glad to say Stepan has fed me platefuls of crow this season. Loving his game right now. He's playing like a great 2c and serviceable 1c, right about where he was projected. That's great news going forward.

nyrage 04-09-2013 06:36 PM

What I like about Stepan is that he always finds the right place on the ice for a scoring chance. Sometimes I think he hesitates a split second or his stick isn't positioned at the right angle. If he improves a little more on capitalizing on his scoring chances, he can easily develop into a point per game first line center. He's almost there already. What a tremendous year in his development.

Machinehead 04-09-2013 07:27 PM

2 threads, but he deserves 10.

I love Stepan because I find him very relatable. Watching him on Beginnings, he just seems like a normal early 20's kid who likes to goof off, eat cheetos, and play xbox. Someone I would be bros with.

And then this goofball goes ape **** on the ice and you're like "where does that come from?" :laugh:

I think it's awesome.

Rangers Fail 04-09-2013 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Machinehead (Post 63645369)
2 threads, but he deserves 10.

I love Stepan because I find him very relatable. Watching him on Beginnings, he just seems like a normal early 20's kid who likes to goof off, eat cheetos, and play xbox. Someone I would be bros with.

And then this goofball goes ape **** on the ice and you're like "where does that come from?" :laugh:

I think it's awesome.

You would be bros with someone who listens to High School Musical and tap dances? :sarcasm:

Just kidding. Stepan seems like a very likeable guy.

ColonialsHockey10 04-09-2013 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Ailurophile (Post 63640179)
Man, for the past two seasons I've been quietly thinking to myself that this kid was probably the most overrated player on the team, at least by the boards standards. This coming from someone who was pretty high on him after the WJC.

I'm glad to say Stepan has fed me platefuls of crow this season. Loving his game right now. He's playing like a great 2c and serviceable 1c, right about where he was projected. That's great news going forward.

This.

His rookie and sophomore season he rarely showed the abilities that made him special in college. He was frequently invisible and had the benefit of playing with a 40 goal scorer.

This year though. This is the Stepan from college and the WJC (where he was easily the best player, and IMO the most dominant forward in recent memory in the tournament). His playmaking on the power play needs a little work, but 5 on 5 and shorthanded his two-way game is superb. He strips pucks and intercepts passes similar to Datsyuk and Hossa.

Flavius 04-09-2013 08:06 PM

Loved him since day 1. Now he's playing like a total stud. If it wasn't for him and Nash I don't even know where we'd be. He also looks like he's simply having a good time out there.

And to think I was worried about my own personal "jersey curse" when I ordered a blue Stepan back in September.

Machinehead 04-09-2013 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Grind Jam Grind (Post 63646705)
You would be bros with someone who listens to High School Musical and tap dances? :sarcasm:

Just kidding. Stepan seems like a very likeable guy.

He's a character that's for sure :laugh:

But that's what I mean he's just this quirky guy off the ice but he's such a badass on the ice, it's really cool.

Rangers Fail 04-09-2013 08:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Machinehead (Post 63654651)
He's a character that's for sure :laugh:

But that's what I mean he's just this quirky guy off the ice but he's such a badass on the ice, it's really cool.

I wasn't here when he was drafted, but people were seriously bashing him 5 minutes after being drafted because he said he likes tap dancing. :facepalm:

But we passed on Jared Staal! Oh what could have been!

Machinehead 04-09-2013 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Grind Jam Grind (Post 63655041)
I wasn't here when he was drafted, but people were seriously bashing him 5 minutes after being drafted because he said he likes tap dancing. :facepalm:

But we passed on Jared Staal! Oh what could have been!

This place is always funny on draft day because fans of every team just go completely off on these kids who are 17, 18 years of age like their whole career is written and in reality outside of 1 or 2 can't misses every year nobody knows anything about how they'll turn out :laugh:

Rangers Fail 04-09-2013 08:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Machinehead (Post 63655863)
This place is always funny on draft day because fans of every team just go completely off on these kids who are 17, 18 years of age like their whole career is written and in reality outside of 1 or 2 can't misses every year nobody knows anything about how they'll turn out :laugh:

Not to mention all of our "scouts."

Florida Ranger 04-09-2013 10:13 PM

He's playing like a seasoned veteran. So much poise and leadership. He has grown leaps and bounds playing with Nash and I'm sure Richards has taught him a few things. I never thought he'd be this dominating. Hopefully it'll stay this way for years to come.

SnowblindNYR 04-10-2013 05:25 AM

Hey guys check out the poll section. There's a poll about who is better Henrique or Stepan. People ARE STILL saying Henrique is better now and in the future. Henrique has 4 assists in 34 games. He's on pace for half the points of Stepan. Brian Boyle btw has 3 assists in 35 games, LMAO! I don't even have a problem people saying Henrique in the future, but NOW? Oh and Step is on pace for 5 more goals and is +16 better than him in +/-.

SoftEuro4thLiner 04-10-2013 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR (Post 63674727)
Hey guys check out the poll section. There's a poll about who is better Henrique or Stepan. People ARE STILL saying Henrique is better now and in the future. Henrique has 4 assists in 34 games. He's on pace for half the points of Stepan. Brian Boyle btw has 3 assists in 35 games, LMAO! I don't even have a problem people saying Henrique in the future, but NOW? Oh and Step is on pace for 5 more goals and is +16 better than him in +/-.

Some players tend to just stay underrated. Take a look at Stepan: He isn't big, nor really physical, nor is his skating great. His shot isn't that great either. BUT the guy probably has one of the best senses for hockey in the league right now. Top 10 good. A lot of people overlook that.
The other day, when Leafs fans came in here, wowing Nash, I felt Steps' game was just as good. Doing the little things unnoticed.

SnowblindNYR 04-10-2013 06:15 AM

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Originally Posted by SoftEuro4thLiner (Post 63674873)
Some players tend to just stay underrated. Take a look at Stepan: He isn't big, nor really physical, nor is his skating great. His shot isn't that great either. BUT the guy probably has one of the best senses for hockey in the league right now. Top 10 good. A lot of people overlook that.
The other day, when Leafs fans came in here, wowing Nash, I felt Steps' game was just as good. Doing the little things unnoticed.

I think Stepan's shot is now above average.


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