Fox Sports put out a list of top rookies so far and Derek Stepan made the cut…
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
Selected 51st overall in the 2008 entry draft, the 21-year-old Stepan wasn’t expected to make the Rangers this season but has proven himself a valuable part of their offense so far. His 17 points entering mid-December placed him fourth in both rookie points and Rangers points lead. After scoring a hat trick in his first game of the season, Stepan struggled through an offensive drought in late October through early November. But in recent weeks he’s found his offensive consistency, which could put him on pace for a 50-point performance.
…kid has been as advertised and more. His maturity allowed him to fight through early season struggles and now he is going to be counted on to help this team get back into the playoffs.