Avs fan who thinks Stepan's a better all-round player even if he hasn't improved much since his rookie season. Parenteau's good for offense. I'd say neither should be used beyond 2nd line minutes in the playoffs unless you get a lot of PP time.
Well, for one, you made it all about age. Yes, all else being equal a player being 22 is better than a player being 30, but there's a lot more to the equation than that. By that logic, a 22 year old Stepan is worth more than a 30 year old Gordie Howe, because you've totally discounted everything that the 30 year old brings to the table. Also, you made a lot of assumptions about how Stepan will progress. To say he'll be a consistent 60-70 point 1C is a lofty projection. Remember when it looked like that was Dubinsky's future?
As is, we are comparing a 22 year old center who had a 51 point season last year and looks to be making a step forward this year (in a shortened season) to a 30 year old winger who put together a 67 point season playing on Tavares' wing last year and is at a PPG this year. It's a bit of a weird comparison. I'm certainly happier with Stepan on the Rangers than PAP. I honestly believe that Parenteau is a "bad team" scorer and that he would never put up big points on the Rangers. With that said, there are legitimate points in his favor.