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01-13-2009, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by McRanger View Post
None of them are really good comparisons. Stepan has already outscored Ryan, Roche and Inman in their rookie seasons, and Olver was drafted going into his sophomore year at a seriously inferior program.

Stepan is somewhere between the above mentioned names and Zach Parise (who was drafted at 19 after his freshman year) in terms of his development.
I wasn't trying to compare production, I was making the point that in order to turn into a NHL player, Stepan has to continue to improve, unlike the other players mentioned. Ryan had a solid sophmore year and looked like he was getting better, but then stopped, and backslid. Olver had a very good rookie year, very good and improve sophmore year, but then went backwards in the next two years and ultimately, from scouting reports, it sounds like he never actually improved his game all that much (or at least enough to make the next jump).

So, Stepan may be doing well, he may have a very nice rookie year, but he needs to continue to improve his game each year he's in college or he'll end up like the other guys mentioned.

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