Derek Stepan
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Derek Stepan

Hometown:

Hastings Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-06-18

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (51st overall), 2008

Weight:

168 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

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.

 

Talent Analysis

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.

 

Future

Stepan is now an NHL regular with the New York Rangers.

 

2008 NHL Draft was huge success for New York Rangers

by Leslie Treff
on

Derek Stepan and Michael Del Zotto - New York Rangers

Photo: Derek Stepan (left) and Michael Del Zotto (right) have been key contributors to the New York Rangers. Both skaters were selected in the 2008 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Will Schneekloth/Icon SMI)

In the most successful draft in recent memory, the New York Rangers selected seven players in 2008, including four who are currently playing in the NHL. Two of the four NHL skaters are key players in New York. Of the five 2008 draftees who are no longer with the organization, the Rangers got value in return for two.

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