#2: Derek Stepan
Stepan was the worst forward for the Rangers in these playoffs and there really isn’t all that much to debate about it. He failed to show up when it mattered the most and it proved to be a fatal flaw.
Stepan’s offensive statistics are better than some other forwards for the Rangers. He has two goals and four assists through the 12 games. The problem was he undid all of that work on the other end of the ice. He was a -3 for the playoffs.
The power play suffered when Stepan was a part of it. The pace was glacial and it’s part of the reason the Rangers failed to generate any power play threat.
The good news is Stepan has recognized his poor play. When talking to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen, Stepan said “Individually, I’m disappointed and ashamed and flat out embarrassed”.
Maybe this will further motivate Stepan to be better in the future.