Thread: Player Discussion: Derek Stepan
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03-08-2013, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rangersbaby View Post
This is the problem with the average hockey fan. If he skates fast or looks good skating he is a good hockey player or at least looks good out there. derek on the other hand is the complete opposite akward skater who looks very slow. watch some of his highlights and the reality is he's not that slow. now i will never call him fast but he isn't slow he actually pulls away from players at times slow players don't do that in the nhl. hagelin on the other hand flys around out there legs moving a mile a minute so he gets zero criticism because it looks like he's doing something but in reality steps make 5 times the amount of smart good easy hockey plays and is twice the player that hagelin is. steps has 5 points in 9 games. he plays on the 2nd pp unit which get 35 to 40 seconds of each power play. he's 22 yrs old making 800,000usd and plays with pyatt and hagelin. and he is your scapegoat. richards 8points gaby 8 points and nash 8 points all playing together on the same line make 7.5 million each apparently have really outplayed him and deserve a free pass around here. there is a reason he is off limits when it comes to being a tradable asset on this team by people who actually understand that speed doesn't make the player. he's on pace for a 50 point season again and he also kills penalties and plays in the last minute of games for a coach who will bench anybody at anytime.
to the adam oates comment I don't think he will ever put up some of the numbers oates did
oates 23 yrs old 20 points
24 yrs old 47 points
25 yrs old 54 points
as a comparable not that big of a stretch so lay off the guy who made the comparison.
find another goat.....maybe it should start with
lunquist, gabi, rich and nash about 30 million in salary and none have been good enough on a nightly basis.
Amazing how much can change in 5 weeks. Apparently he's now a 1c and his slow skating can be overlooked. Can we please start being patient with 19-23 yr old kids on entry level deals. A lot of people eating crow on here.

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