Rangers Player Analysis 1: Derek Stepan
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12-27-2012, 08:53 PM
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I think it's fair to be critical of aspects of Derek's game last year. I think he could definitely stand to improve his conditioning.
However, there are not many other players on the Rangers who could pull this off:
I also love the video evidence. More of that.
It's that sort of brilliant play that shows D-Steps potential. He made Mike freakin' Rupp look like Gabby there.
I'm not labeling him a playoff choker just yet, but so far he has disappeared come playoff time. I'm fairly sure he'll turn it around in his future, but I can't speculate that well.
What about his skating? His north south speed isn't awful, but his agility and ability to outskate an opponent hasn't really shown up. Think he'll turn it up a notch? Needs some underhill?
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