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08-10-2009, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Konk View Post
He did well, don't get me wrong, but consider Wisconsin's weak forward depth before you make him out to be Joe Pavelski.
He actually has been compared to Joe Pavelski:

Stepan is 18, fresh out of the prep ranks at Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minn.) High School, but doesn’t play like it. He’s drawn comparisons to Joe Pavelski, who led UW in scoring as a freshman and sophomore before moving on to San Jose of the NHL, except that Pavelski was 20 when he made his collegiate debut in 2004.

Second on the team in points with 30, Eaves compared Stepan to former Badger great Joe Pavelski. Considering Pavelski led Eaves’ national championship team in points that season, Stepan would appear to be in good company.

“One person that he reminds me of — and I don’t want to put additional pressure on him — but he thinks the game like Joe Pavelski,” Eaves said. “He reminds me of his ability to be perceptive on the ice, yet have the skill to do the things he wants.

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