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02-01-2013, 08:38 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus ranked Stepan #34 on his list of Top 50 NHLers 23 and under in October
34. Derek Stepan, Center, New York Rangers
I've always liked Stepan's playmaking abilities and he has produced at a fairly impressive level for his age over the last few seasons. He has been a little sheltered in terms of receiving a high amount of offensive zone starts. I wouldn't classify his ceiling as world-class level or anything like that,
but he could be an average starting line center in terms of production and difficulty of minutes logged in his prime
If Stepan does not improve from here on out (which I think is unlikely), he's already a legitimate #2 Center. He's not flashy, but he produces. Right now he has 0 goals on 19 shots. At some point, the goals will come as evidenced by his 10.1 career S%.
Last season, he had just 1 assist in the first 7 games and rebounded nicely after a poor start. I have confidence in the same happening again.
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