Not sure if he will provide what we want as a 1c but he is the best C on open market this year.
This is typical. He's not what we need or want so let's sign him to a market contract which would probably be right in line with Richards'. Then cap issues, problems, underperformance etc etc. three years down the road, as usual.
This is a fact: Stepan is going to be your team's 1C for the immediate future. He's developing so hopefully for all of us he develops into something we like.
I mean, Doug Weight, Marc Savard are two examples of brainy centers that NYR gave up on just because they weren't in the goldilocks zone with them immediately. Stepan could end up having just as good a career. Give him a bloody second to get past his lower 20's.
Sidney Crosby: 9 points in 13 games (1 goal)
Milan Lucic: 7 points in 12 games
Patrick Sharp: 6 points in 12 games
Dustin Brown: 6 points in 13 games
Derek Stepan: 6 points in 14 games
Loui Eriksson: 5 points in 12 games
Brad Marchand: 5 points in 12 games (no goals)
Rick Nash: 5 points in 14 games (no goals)
James Neal: 4 points in 13 games
David Krejci: 4 points in 12 games (no goals)
Joe Thornton: 3 points in 7 games
Logan Couture: 3 points in 7 games
Tyler Seguin: 3 points in 6 games
Matt Moulson: 3 points in 10 games
Alexander Steen: 3 points in 6 games
Scott Hartnell: 3 points in 7 games (no goals)
T.J. Oshie: 2 points in 5 games
Vinny Lecavalier: 2 points in 7 games
David Backes: 1 point in 4 games (no goals)
Valtteri Filppula: 1 point in 4 games (no goals)