Derek Stepan led his prep school team, Shattuck-St. Mary's, in total points during the 2007-08 season (111 points, including 44 goals and 67 assists). It was the lanky center's second season as a member of one of Minnesota's powerhouse high school teams (he posted a total of 81 points during the 2006-07 season). Stepan led his team to 2008 U.S. Youth Nationals Tier-1 18, scoring 13 points in six games. In February of 2008, Stepan skated for U.S. Under-17 Team at the 2008 Vlad Dzurilla Tournament in Slovakia.
2008-09: Stepan was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin.
2009-10: After standout performance for US at the WJC, Stepan finished his sophomore season then signed with the New York Rangers.
A pressure player, Stepan can score as well as act as a playmaker. Defensively responsible, the Minnesota center thinks the game well and loves to play along the boards.
"Stepan has the ability to make plays and score goals. He understands how to do all the little things defensively that are such an important part of winning hockey games." Ray Clearwater, Rangers' amateur scout.
Stepan is now an NHL regular with the New York Rangers.