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Derek Stepan Version 2.0
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04-09-2013, 07:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
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Man, for the past two seasons I've been quietly thinking to myself that this kid was probably the most overrated player on the team, at least by the boards standards. This coming from someone who was pretty high on him after the WJC.
I'm glad to say Stepan has fed me platefuls of crow this season. Loving his game right now. He's playing like a great 2c and serviceable 1c, right about where he was projected. That's great news going forward.
His rookie and sophomore season he rarely showed the abilities that made him special in college. He was frequently invisible and had the benefit of playing with a 40 goal scorer.
This year though. This is the Stepan from college and the WJC (where he was easily the best player, and IMO the most dominant forward in recent memory in the tournament). His playmaking on the power play needs a little work, but 5 on 5 and shorthanded his two-way game is superb. He strips pucks and intercepts passes similar to Datsyuk and Hossa.
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