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01-25-2013, 05:49 PM
Join Date: Apr 2004
I am disappointed with him as much as his 4 games.
It seems very obvious that Stepan has not had the best "summer", and it should have been the complete opposite. This should have been the year we contended as a team. This should have been the year he broke out as a good top 2 line center.
Nobody who saw him struggle in Finland or have seen him these first 4 games can get the impression that he put in the effort required by him. He did what everyone else did I would guess -- but you don't become better than others if you don't work HARDER then them. As much as them isn't enough.
Jeff Halpern was Derek Stepan once. If Stepan don't take another big step, he will become Jeff Halpern. Definitely. Stepan is a very capable offensive hockey player. But not enough talent to on that alone be a good 2nd line center in this league.
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