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04-04-2011, 09:41 PM
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Stepan gets better and better.....

This kid has gotten better and better every game. Tonight he has 1 goal 1 assist played 20 min. he was +3 and now leads all forwards in the plus minus category. Torts has all the confiedence in the world in this kid. He was on the ice in the last miute in a 1 goal game tonight. This kid is going to be a great player down the stretch for us!!

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04-04-2011, 11:09 PM
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Stepan had an awesome game. That move at center ice to seal the deal took major balls and thats the type of confidence that is going to make him one hell of a player in the this league.

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love this kid... cant wait to see him play when he's fully developed

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I just want to say.......I hate respect your team. The whole team, 1-23. Except Avery who I just hate, but the rest. Hate-respect. Well done, I see big things from this team, real sleeper.

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What a great play he made to keep the play alive and help set up that second goal. Just a smart heads up play and a great hustle to beat multiple Bruins to the corner boards.

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I just want to say.......I hate respect your team. The whole team, 1-23. Except Avery who I just hate, but the rest. Hate-respect. Well done, I see big things from this team, real sleeper.
It goes both ways, trust me. Except for Marty, but that makes the Avery thing a wash.

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It goes both ways, trust me. Except for Marty, but that makes the Avery thing a wash.
hahaha that is so true

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He's my fave on the Rangers. Make no mistake I've been waiting for his arrival for years. Future captain.

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He's my fave on the Rangers. Make no mistake I've been waiting for his arrival for years. Future captain.
Wasnt he picked in 08 or 09? So a year and a half at most?

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Wasnt he picked in 08 or 09? So a year and a half at most?
Well I've been watching him play since 2008.

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I would like to see more him involved in the play more consistently on a game to game basis.... This summer he needs to concentrate on his skating and obviously build some more muscle.... That being said, very good rookie season for him... He has a bright future....

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he reminds me of Zach Parise when he first broke into the league.... am I the only one?

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he reminds me of Zach Parise when he first broke into the league.... am I the only one?
I honestly don't see the comparison.

Stepan is a playmaker. Parise is more shoot-first. Not to mention Parise is a much better skater than Step. I'd say they both have great vision, awareness and work-ethic, but that's really it IMO.

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I didnt have hope after he had that hatrick game in his first game. I just felt like he was going to fall down slowly. And thank god I'm wrong, this kid is having a hellova season. We can consistaly get 20-60 pts per year.

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I really hope Sather simply stays the course. Fine to sprinkle in two or three players, but I just love the way this team is being developed from within. I have never been priveleged to root for such a team. This team has brought me back. Even if they don't make the playoffs, it has been a real pleasure. Stay the course!

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Stepan is looking to be a real good NHL pro for a long time. He was only drafted 3 years ago and now is playing first line minutes. Very impressive. Stepan just seems really smart on the ice. Great pick by Gordie Clark in the 2nd round!

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Stepan is more like Travis Zajac than Zach Parise. Last night was Stepan's best game in a long time. He has never played so many games in one season. 21 goals. 44 points. Has played every Ranger game. Needs to improve his face-offs. Excellent rookie season. Can't ask for much more.

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he reminds me of Zach Parise when he first broke into the league.... am I the only one?
Zach Parise was not as dynamic skater back then as he is now, and in that sense, that Stepan hopefully will be able to develop his skating like ZP has -- I too think of Parise often when I see Stepan.


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This kid has gotten better and better every game. Tonight he has 1 goal 1 assist played 20 min. he was +3 and now leads all forwards in the plus minus category. Torts has all the confiedence in the world in this kid. He was on the ice in the last miute in a 1 goal game tonight. This kid is going to be a great player down the stretch for us!!
At a intense place like this, when we question every move and any player, kid or not, often is not better then his last shift -- I think its fair to point out that Derek Stepan definitely has not been for 78 games this season. He has had a whole bunch of quite games. He has had a whole bunch of sub-par defensive games to be honest too. Not in a negative way, but compared to the avg. NHL center Stepan has not been above avg defensively 78 games this season.

My point is, we have afforded to give this kids time during some ups and downs this season. We have also given him a good environment to play in on many nights.

So often we see kids come in, and they are not given a good environment to play in -- and we do not have time to let them grow in that role. Like Del Zotto for example. We couldn't give him a break on the PP-blue line, he was thrown out there night after night after night. Like Zucc, who definitely would have been well served by having a big center with good defensive abilities, and a strong winger on his line, got to play on a line with a not-so big offensiveminded rookie center (who while not exposed defensively on the avg night, certainly isn't well equipped to cover for others defensively either) and a LW that would not back-check in WW for long stretches.

Stepan is a great story and is part of the future of this team, but I hope the brass of this team do not go thinking "hey Stepan made it why can not these kids do it? Lets deal them.", he also shows how much there is to gain in being able to give a kid a good environment to grow in.

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Stepan is more like Travis Zajac than Zach Parise. Last night was Stepan's best game in a long time. He has never played so many games in one season. 21 goals. 44 points. Has played every Ranger game. Needs to improve his face-offs. Excellent rookie season. Can't ask for much more.
Yeah, he hasn't exactly gotten better and better...he looks like he's gotten tired towards the end of the season here and has been inconsistent with winning puck battles lately. But I think that's all a result of being a rookie and never playing this much hockey before. All stuff that can and will be fixed as he matures as a pro.

But it's good to see him putting up some good games still

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I thought Stepan was very physical last night and had a couple of good hits along the boards.

I wasn't able to see last week's games because I was traveling but before that he did look like he was slowing down due to the number of games he has played this year.

Maybe Vinny's enthusiasm was rubbing off on him and Wolski last night?

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At a intense place like this, when we question every move and any player, kid or not, often is not better then his last shift -- I think its fair to point out that Derek Stepan definitely has not been for 78 games this season. He has had a whole bunch of quite games. He has had a whole bunch of sub-par defensive games to be honest too. Not in a negative way, but compared to the avg. NHL center Stepan has not been above avg defensively 78 games this season.

My point is, we have afforded to give this kids time during some ups and downs this season. We have also given him a good environment to play in on many nights.

So often we see kids come in, and they are not given a good environment to play in -- and we do not have time to let them grow in that role. Like Del Zotto for example. We couldn't give him a break on the PP-blue line, he was thrown out there night after night after night. Like Zucc, who definitely would have been well served by having a big center with good defensive abilities, and a strong winger on his line, got to play on a line with a not-so big offensiveminded rookie center (who while not exposed defensively on the avg night, certainly isn't well equipped to cover for others defensively either) and a LW that would not back-check in WW for long stretches.

Stepan is a great story and is part of the future of this team, but I hope the brass of this team do not go thinking "hey Stepan made it why can not these kids do it? Lets deal them.", he also shows how much there is to gain in being able to give a kid a good environment to grow in.
This is a great post Ola.

If this were a few years ago I'd sweat Stepan's development. But I think the NYR have done a great job of sending kids down when they needed it. Del Zotto, Zucc are great examples of guys that needed/need some more time in HFD.

I think it's great that we have enough depth to do this without hurting the big club and doing what they see as the best for each player.

Clearly earlier this year we saw what great work they have been doing down in HFD as the kids that came up didn't miss a beat.

Stepan, first and foremost is a rookie. He is going to have ups and downs, it happens. But it's how he reacts and how the NYR have worked with him thru the year that has me hoping that this kid will be a solid player for years to come.

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I liked how he scored his NUMBER 21 last night, thought that was cool!

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Did any of us think that Stepan would be closing in on 50 points? Not me!!

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Stepan is looking to be a real good NHL pro for a long time. He was only drafted 3 years ago and now is playing first line minutes. Very impressive. Stepan just seems really smart on the ice. Great pick by Gordie Clark in the 2nd round!
Dubinsky 2ed round pick in 04

Callahan 4th round pick in 04 got drafted at 19 i believe.


and i hate when people say its only a 3rd round pick.


good thing Boyle didnt have another year like last year. i just hope its not a contract thing. only thing that worries me.

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