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04-06-2013, 01:39 AM
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William H Bonney
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Stepan has definitely stepped up and put himself very much in play for the team (not that he already wasn't). He's a solid two-way center that hopefully is starting to find the offensive consistency he was lacking in his young career. His skating has improved and he's made drastic improvements in the face-off circle, although he still has a ways to go there as well.

Given that it's highly likely that Team USA will take 5 natural centers (as they did in 2010), I can't see Stepan not being on the team at this stage or in 2014 unless he regresses or USAH doesn't opt for an extra center.

In 2010 it was Backes that didn't take face-offs and played wing. Given that the other likely center candidates (Kesler, Pavelski, Stastny, Backes) are all better on the dot than Stepan, I could see him sliding in on wing.

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