Update, 11:21 a.m.:
Speaking of Stepan, Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants has this piece on the rookie’s faceoff struggles.
…i know Rangers fans aren’t saddened by Drury’s prolonged absence but he is sorely missed in the faceoff circle.
Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News takes a look at the rookies making news in the NHL right now…
Derek Stepan, C, NY Rangers
He started off hot, cooled down and looks like he’s warming up again. Instability is practically the Rangers’ religion, so it makes sense Stepan would go through trials as a freshman. But the youngster has been playing on the top line with Marian Gaborik and Alex Frolov lately and has nine points in his past 10 games.
…very impressed that Stepan has been able to gather himself after a tough stretch following the opening night hat trick in Buffalo. Shows the mental maturity of the kid.