AWOL: Derek Stepan
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04-17-2012, 10:32 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
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I'd like to see him get a chance centering Kreider for maybe 10-12 minutes in the next game. They have some chemistry from before, plus it'll push some speed down the line-up and Let Kreider have a chance to skate against some lesser defenseman. IF that's the case, it could open up more room for Stepan and let him get a little bit more time to be creative - could be a good fix.
What hagelin brought to the top line, in addition to his speed, was his ability to challenge the other team's puck holders in their own zone - our team is full of capable forecheckers who could play a similar role.
Excellent points made here. Stepan is obviously not the best skater or the most physically imposing player. He relies more on his on ice awareness more than anything else. He was a bit better last nite especially defensively in the last 5-6 minutes but he needs to play harder and make a more meaningful impact on the stat sheet.
Putting him with Kreider would be a very good idea for the next game.
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