Thread: Derek Stepan
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01-26-2013, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
I'm not sold on the Gaborik-Richards-Nash line yet. They had a great game against Boston and were good last night. But a guy like Stepan needs a scorer to play with him.
You mean a scorer to carry him? The true mark of a playmaker is that he can make the players around him better, and Stepan does not.

When Gaborik left him in the final stretch of last season, Stepan was a no show, and it carried into the post season where he remained largely ineffective. If you need a 40+ goal scorer with you to make an impact, your not much of a player. Without Gaborik, he probably would have struggled passing the 40 point mark last season. He was tracking for 60 points, Gaborik went to Richards, and Stepan barely finished with 50.

Im not sold on him as a 2nd line center. He needs to prove more on his own. He should be able to do fine with our 25-30g captain, and another winger. If he cant... he isnt a 2nd line center.

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