Here’s an outstanding video from JC Graphic Design showcasing Derek Stepan…
…i’ve seen a lot of complaints from Rangers fans this offseason about the failure of Sather to upgrade the team’s pivots. While the Rangers GM didn’t add a #1 center via free agency or a trade, I can assure you that the Blueshirts will be much improved up the middle because of the mere fact that Derek Stepan is a year older.
…in what many considered to be an off year from Stepan last season, he still put up 57 points despite missing almost all of training camp. With a full preseason along with the experience of a Stanley Cup Final run, I’m confident that Stepan will be at or near the 65 point mark by the end of the 2014-15 season.
…remember, Stepan is just 24-years old and still developing. The last two seasons, he’s combined for 17 more points than Paul Stastny who many consider a legit #1 center in the NHL. While I doubt Stepan will ever be an elite center iceman in the NHL, I can see his ceiling being a #1a center. Not fully a #1 but also better than a #2.
…sure, Stepan isn’t a great skater, doesn’t shoot hard and isn’t a magician play maker, but he’s a winner who knows how to get the job done. Fans should feel more than confident about the Rangers chances of making another deep playoff run with Stepan, once again, as the team’s #1 center.