I think one thing that people have to take into consideration is the fact that he is still just really young and unfortunately has really big expectations on him.
I feel like some people might not be aware that he is younger than Hagelin and Mcdonagh and is unfortunately put in a position where I don't think he was set to excel.... I still say he needs to be playing with Nash.. He is simply not going to produce with guys like Callahan/Pyatt/Hagelin.
The most comical thing is that he is still being crucified by people on here when is he 5th on the team in points, 3rd in shots and doesn't even make a million dollars a year.
I know people will disagree with me on this but the top 3 Nash/Richards/Gaborik needs to show me more. For the amount of money invested in them they MUST be difference makers every night.
This board makes me sick to my stomach at times. This kid has put up 120 points in two years under a coach who is the most defensive minded coaches in the league. He has never missed a game in his 3 years as a pro, he is one of the best penalty killers we have had in the last three years, he has averaged about 19 minutes of ice per game the last two years, and he is 22 years old.
He has never been a great skater ala The Great one, Brad Richards so for you guys to keep hounding on that it's retarded. This kid has put up numbers every where he has been and he will break out of this goal slump and by the end of the year this thread will not exist.
To compare him to Eberle is a joke. It is a total different situation that Eberle is in. The Oilers are a team that was not going to win anything the last 3 years and if you look at Eberle's plus minus report you would understand that this kid does not have to play any defense at all to stay in the line-up. If Stepan makes a mistake on the wrong side of the puck he will be playing with Rupp and Asham, period. When you are playing for something like the Rangers have the past two seasons it is a lot more impotant that you take care of all three zones on the rink, and if you watch Eberle play you would understand what I am talking about. Stepan with about 3 weeks left in the season last year led the entire league in the plus minus category.
I think it's time to lay of the 22 year old and address the real problems on this team such as our star goalie to this point has been awful, our 22 million dollar line has been awful and our 1-2 d-men have been awful. Why don't you guys make a "Hank thread". That is a bigger problem than the 22 year old who by the way is 4th on the team in scoring.
120 points in 2 seasons huh? I guess 120 is the new 96?
Thanks for the update on your NHL '13 campaign.
Richards has sucked too but his name isn't part of this thread title. If you want people to bash him some, start a thread.
Stepan stood out in college because he had superior vision and was great at anticipating the play. Those skills haven't translated as well at the NHL level. The game is too fast for him.
Not the first time it's been mentioned and probably won't be the last, but he really needs to improve his skating. I don't think it's improved at all since he entered in the league. I know he uses a skating coach, but the Rangers should try to get him to take lessons with Barb Underhill, it can't hurt to try.
If you were to post the poll on the other 29 teams websites as to whether or not they would want Derek Stepan over their current #2 center, approximately 25 of them would be a solid "Yes" vote. The exceptions being Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Jose, Detroit. Krejci and Seguin don't play enough center for me to count them, otherwise it would be 24.
Nice try with 25 teams wanting Stepan as their #2C-muhahaha!!