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04-17-2012, 12:20 PM
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Trxjw
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
Exactly. That's why I was so excited about him as a prospect. He seemed like one of the smartest young players I'd ever seen. I can count on one hand the number of NCAA players I've seen over the last decade or so that I thought as highly of as I did Stepan. He simply doesn't seem to think think the game at nearly that high a level in the NHL.
Being an effective play maker at the NHL level is one of the hardest roles to fill, IMO. Stepan has the ability to think the game at a level that not many people can, but he's also at his best when he's being physical and playing with swagger. He's been lacking that as of late, but it's also due to the fact that he's just not physically strong enough to play the puck possession game in the NHL that made him so successful at the WJC and in the NCAA. I think it'll come, but he could use a summer with Barb Underhill as well.

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