Logan Stephenson spent his entire junior career playing with the Tri-City Americans in the WHL where he has grown into one of the finer defensemen in the league. Known primarily as a punishing defensive defenseman, Stephenson stepped it up during the 2005-06 season and emerged as the Am’s top offensive defenseman, even learning how to run the point on the team’s power play. For the effort, he was named to the WHL’s Western Conference Second All-Star Team.
2006-07: Made his professional debut with the San Antonio in the AHL. Had a gerat transition year. After turning in quite the offensive performance in his last season with Tri-City in the WHL, he was back to his primary defensive-defenseman role. His numbers are indicative of his defensive-first approach but the most impressive stat that sticks out would be Stephenson’s even plus/minus rating on a struggling team.
2007-08: Played out his second year of pro hockey with San Antonio Rampage in the AHL. Stephenson made some progress as a whole but also struggled to find his identity as a player. While his game should translate into that of a defensive-defenseman at the NHL level, but he really had trouble carving out what his game should be all about.
Stephenson is a big aggressive, stay at home defenseman. He is very methodical and he is very aware of his coverage responsibilities. He uses his size, strength and grit to block and clear opponents from the net. He uses the body, hits hard and finishes his checks. Because of his style and approach, teams often try to work away from him. He is very confident down low and is able to move the puck up ice with success. He has great skating ability, good vision and good hands. He shoots the puck really well and he’s got an excellent one-timer. Stephenson is a hard worker and a leader on the ice and his peers look up to him.
He has showed some progress over the years but it has not been sustained.