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07-13-2004, 08:29 AM
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I also tend to be higher on Stephens, and do see him as part of the Sens top 20 prospects, probably top 12 actually.

It would not surprise me to see him make the Sens next season, or at least get several call-ups ala Langfeld did last year. But the Sens can also be patient with him. He put up as many points per game as any player in Bingo did last year(including Langfeld) and IMO, has a higher upside than Josh - especially given he's four years younger than Langfeld (makes you realize how much time we give Langfeld to develop). Stephens is bigger, faster and has comparable skills. I could see him playing a significant role on the 3rd line down the road, perhaps even getting some looks in a role on a 2nd line. Worst case, I think he'll be a solid 4th liner in the NHL within the next few years unless of course, his off-ice lessons haven't really been learned.

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