Rangers Player Analysis 1: Derek Stepan
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12-28-2012, 02:51 AM
Join Date: Jan 2011
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Stepan's biggest weakness is that he is average in nearly all facets of the game. He really doesn't have a particular skill set. I'd say where he lacks most though is skating and speed.
Sometimes being average isn't bad though and I'm not saying Stepan is a bad player - just that he is near average in every category. What he is slightly better than average in (passing) makes up for what he is slightly worse than average in (skating). Then there's the middle - shooting.
At 22, 50 points isn't really average, so much as on the up-side of average.
I think the type of player Stepan is doesn't really bloom until later. His biggest asset (passing, vision) will be amplified, and his weaknesses can be ironed out, or worsen with age.
Cally put up points at a rate of 40 points a season his first two full seasons with the club, and once he found his game saw his PPG rate shoot up by twenty points. I don't think it's crazy to expect something similar from D-Step.
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