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04-23-2011, 08:43 PM
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Stepan: Playoffs MIA

I really like the kid, and was super happy about his rookie season. Smart, skilled player with loads of upside.

Now I realize he's a rook, but the kid was known for being a big game player before he got here and then was invisible in the playoffs. He got decent icetime and time on the PP and just did not show up, he really gave us zero.

Overall I am optimistic about our future and see this year as a year where our identity was forged to a large extent.

Just really disappointed in Step's play in the playoffs. He was a non-entity- maybe our worst player in the 5 games.

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I think you're about to get flamed.

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I think this has alot to do with that it's his rookie season, and first time in NHL playoffs. He is young and maybe burned out towards the end of the season, and as this was his first time, probably felt out the type of grind you need to be successful in the post season.

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He played twice the number of games he's been used to. Just ran out of gas, happens to most first year guys from college.

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This was the longest season he's probably ever played, so he definitely might have been gassed at this point. Couple that with it being the playoffs, where space on the ice is hard to come by and the intensity is at its point and it may have been a bit overwhelming for him.

That's why it was a good thing for us to make the playoffs, let these guys experience the atmosphere so that the next time around they're ready for it.

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He's a rookie. They didn't give him any time and space. While not exceptional, I do think he made some nice passing plays throughout the series. He's got the offseason to improve now. Maybe he goes to the WCs and convinces Kreider to go pro.

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He played twice the number of games he's been used to. Just ran out of gas, happens to most first year guys from college.
this^ He was gassed

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He's a rookie. I'll give him credit for playing 87 games. He didn't do much in the playoffs, but he did try. Lots of players were nonexistent in the playoffs, some of which have more experience and talent than Stepan. He got a taste of the NHL playoff style and maybe he'll do better his next time around.

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Stepan was most definitely MIA this series, but as others have pointed out, he was understandably spent. 41 games last year against college competition, 87 this year against the best in the world.

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I'd agree he was probably the worst forward, but as been mentioned he's a rookie and was likely completely gassed. Hopefully he's learned some lessons from playing in the post season and continue to grow

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Prepare to be blasted like I was on the GDT, and my assessment of him wasn't as harsh. I agree that he did not have a good playoffs and I was expecting a little bit more from him.

That being said, he is a rookie and is not used to playing so many games. I think we may have been spoiled, because when players like Dubi and Cally made their playoff debuts as rookies, they made an impact right away. But Stepan is younger than they were, and they didn't have to make a transition from college to the NHL.

However, I think Stepan could really benefit from taking skating lessons with Barb Underhill like Boyle did last summer. Skating and faceoffs are two things he could really improve upon this summer.

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Sucks he didn't contribute like some of the other rookies have been, but he is tired. I'm not too concerned.

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I too think he was gassed . Played 87 games after playing only 40-odd last year.

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Even though his offense was non-existent, he still played responsible hockey. The reason we lost is not because a 21 yr old rookie didnt show up. Thats pretty normal for the NHL. The reason we lost is because Marian 'The Soft Slovak' was essentially a no-show. Well, except when he put the puck in our own net.

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I am not so happy with the way that Torts seems to be developing these kids. Sure, he gives them ice time and they mature and grow stronger, but i really feel like he is stifling their creativity. Stepan and Zucca broke into the league and were doing great creative things when they first got into the lineup. I feel like Torts only game plan was "TO WORK HARD" and feel like he may have discouraged Stepan and Zucca from doing the things that made them good players.

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he needs to add some weight... he was getting pushed around too easily.

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I really like the kid, and was super happy about his rookie season. Smart, skilled player with loads of upside.

Now I realize he's a rook, but the kid was known for being a big game player before he got here and then was invisible in the playoffs. He got decent icetime and time on the PP and just did not show up, he really gave us zero.

Overall I am optimistic about our future and see this year as a year where our identity was forged to a large extent.

Just really disappointed in Step's play in the playoffs. He was a non-entity- maybe our worst player in the 5 games.

Thoughts?
Frankly, the only player to show up the whole series was Lundqvist. I can't think of a single player that showed up every game in the series. Boyle was MIA. Dubinsky was MIA for most of it. Anisimov? Gaborik? Both MIA.

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I can't fault Stepan. Like others have said, he is a rookie.

The plus side is that he's been introduced to playoff play as well OT in the playoffs.

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He wasn't the only one MIA.

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He was MIA for most of the second half of the season, as well. I don't care about his 20 goals. No passing, no vision, none of what made him the highly-touted prospect that he rightly was. The kid's game changed for the worse this season, and I'm very disappointed. I don't know who is to blame: him or Johnny Cakes, but whoever decided that he's better as a goalscorer made the wrong decision, because he isn't.

I'm far less concerned about his slow skating speed or about the fact that he ran out of gas than I am about the fact that he showed hardly any of the playmaking traits that got him here in the first place.

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"He's a rook".

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needs to get faster and stronger. definitely ran outta gas..not just the amount of games, but the playing style definitely wore him down.

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He was MIA for most of the second half of the season, as well. I don't care about his 20 goals. No passing, no vision, none of what made him the highly-touted prospect that he rightly was. The kid's game changed for the worse this season, and I'm very disappointed. I don't know who is to blame: him or Johnny Cakes, but whoever decided that he's better as a goalscorer made the wrong decision, because he isn't.

I'm far less concerned about his slow skating speed or about the fact that he ran out of gas than I am about the fact that he showed hardly any of the playmaking traits that got him here in the first place.
who was he playing with though? who are these natural finishers we had him paired with? Wolski and MZA? pfffttt.

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He played twice the number of games he's been used to. Just ran out of gas, happens to most first year guys from college.
id be worried if he played 82 games before but he hasnt.


i think Stepan played ok, looked tired but he always works hard.


gaborik on the other hand was invisible.


fedotenko had a good series, please Sather bring him back

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