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08-27-2011, 09:06 PM
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That Stepan Guy
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Ice time shouldn't be a problem for Stepan. He got decent minutes last year and still produced, assuming he gets better skill wise, he should produce slightly better even with limited minutes.

If anything, I expect Stepan to receive top line powerplay minutes. Some might complain he can't win a faceoff, but players do improve. Anyone remember how bad Sidney Crosby was at faceoffs? How good is Crosby now? Stepan is definitely one of the better center options on the powerplay with Richards on the point.

I'd assume the powerplay would be:

Callahan-Stepan-Gaborik

Richards-Erixon/Girardi

Stepan would just swap with Callahan after the faceoff.

Anyone can argue that Dubinsky or Boyle would be better suited on the top powerplay, but neither are as creative offensively as Stepan. Boyle can provide a net presence, but Callahan also does that.

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