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04-11-2013, 11:00 AM
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I'm not saying that Stepan will reach his level, but his progression has been remarkably similar to Claude Giroux's.

Both broke into the league as 20 year olds, so let's compare their first three seasons in the league:

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PPG	        20	21	22
Stepan	0,55	0,62	0,85
Giroux	0,64	0,57	0,93
			
GVT/82	20	21	22
Stepan	7,0	11,0	26,8
Giroux	10,7	8,1	17,3
			
OGVT/82	20	21	22
Stepan	5,3	6,1	12,3
Giroux		5,3	13,9
			
DGVT/82	20	21	22
Stepan	3,1	4,9	13,8
Giroux		1,6	4,2
Read about GVT here, or in a more reader-friendly way here.

Two seasons acclimatising themselves to the NHL while performing like decent 2C's and then breaking out year three. Giroux had a slight edge offensively, Stepan a big edge defensively.

Stepan's GVT is likely to cool off a bit, especially his DGVT. All forms of GVT is cumulative like points and Kopitar led all forwards with 6.9 in 82 games while Stepan has 6.4 in 38 (The GVT table is only updated once per week). But his season is very impressive nevertheless, 28th most valuable player in the league through 38 games (Lundqvist is #1, Nash #21).

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