Thread: Derek Stepan
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02-01-2013, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by OverTheCap View Post
Stepan stood out in college because he had superior vision and was great at anticipating the play. Those skills haven't translated as well at the NHL level. The game is too fast for him.

Not the first time it's been mentioned and probably won't be the last, but he really needs to improve his skating. I don't think it's improved at all since he entered in the league. I know he uses a skating coach, but the Rangers should try to get him to take lessons with Barb Underhill, it can't hurt to try.
They've translated so badly that he increased his production after a breakout rookie season and has become one of our top PKers. If that means the game is too fast for him, maybe we should throw all of our prospects into the deep end of the pool.

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