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12-29-2012, 01:18 PM
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eco's bones
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That Torts likes him speaks volumes. I don't see him as a timid player at all. There are things he seems to be improving on--face-offs and things he can improve on. He's still very, very young. How he pans out as far as offensive stats depends somewhat on who plays on his wing and what kind of opportunities his coaches give him. IMO he has a lot of the same attributes as Marc Savard when he started his professional career--though Savard had a nastier demeanor both on and off the ice. Going forward Stepan slots in as our second line center for the next few years and how that works out is going to factor largely in how well the team as a whole does. He's a very important part of the team.

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