Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stepan Leading the Rush

Hockey's Future reports that Rangers prospect and gold medal Team USA captain Derek Stepan is exceeding expectations...

Derek Stepan, C – Wisconsin Badgers (WCHA)
New York Rangers, 2008, 2nd round, 51st overall

The talk of the WJC was the United States prevailing over Canada, and at the center of attention was the performance of the tournament’s leading point-getter Derek Stepan. The 19-year-old amassed four goals, 10 assists in only seven games. It should not have come to too much surprise however as Stepan has been among the best players for the Wisconsin Badgers all season long. In 18 games leading up to the tournament, he posted five goals, 17 assists, including a hot streak through November and December that saw him post two goals, 15 assists in 10 games. He has also posted 10 assists on the power play and plays in many key situations. Although he will probably play another year in college, Stepan, along with fellow center Evgeni Grachev, represent a bright future for the Rangers at the center position.

Yesterday The Hockey News named Stepan to their "Hot List."

...i guess when you're the captain of the gold medal winning WJC team you're going to be the talk of the town. Lots to get excited about for Ranger fans.

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