Thread: Player Discussion: Derek Stepan
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03-08-2013, 06:37 AM
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First off, it has been 20 years since we have had a home grown Ranger come in and make a impact like step has in his first three years. Some of you just don't get it. When I here people like Dave Maloney, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, talk about how important he is to this team, and how Torts says he goes unnoticed at times with everything he does that's all I need to hear!

When is the last time we have had a player play in every situation of the game like Step does? I would challenge anyone to find that 22 year old that has done that. Like Torts said a week ago " there is not much Step has not done for this team". To me it's all the little things he does that makes him our number 1 center without question. When he went down to block that shot in the ankle the other night you have to believe that he is drinking Tort's kol-aid.

Some of you guys can talk about his skating all you want but this kid has gotten better every year and that is a rare quality in a very young player. There is not one part of his game that has not gotten better in his three years. He slows our pp down at times,he IMO is in on our top pk units with Cally, is our best forward in his own end at a plus 9 and he is third on the team in scoring while being our best two way forward.

With all these factors it is amazing to me how some of you last month had him on the trading blocks for a 5th and 6th rounder. If you are truly a Ranger fan you know darn well we have not had a such a special home grown player come along since Adam Graves and we all know what this guy did while being in a Ranger uniform.

As a 30 year Ranger fan I have to say it has been really fun watching this young man grow into a very special player, and I am really glad he is doing it in a Ranger sweater. This kid will be the captain of this team as Cally plays out his time year!!


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