March 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) on the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Stepan Is Growing As A Player Before Our Eyes

Last night Derek Stepan recorded a 4 point game. It was probably Stepan’s best game of the season, but it was one of many good games for the 22 year old University of Wisconsin product.

Stepan now has 25 points in 31 games and would be on pace for a breakout season in a 82 game season.

I think the game for Stepan has slowed down this season. He’s making good plays in the offensive zone, and his decision making has improved. He’s also making plays quicker which is something I had a problem with for the last couple seasons. He’s telegraphed quite a few passes over his young career but now he does that very rarely which is good to see.

Is Stepan the future number 1 center of this team? Maybe. I would have said I’m 95% sure he won’t be one before this season started, but now I’m beginning to reconsider my stance. Even if doesn’t become a premier center in this league the Rangers still have a definite top 6 center on their hands.

It’s also good to see he hasn’t really gone through his seasonal prolonged scoring drought this year. Just another sign he’s improved as a player.

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