The New York Rangers have reportedly agreed on a two-year deal with their number one center, Derek Stepan.

Stepan was drafted in the second round, 51st overall, by the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.  Stepan scored a hat-trick in his first NHL game on October 9, 2010, against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, the first rookie in Rangers history to do so, en route to a 6-3 victory. He is only the fourth player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his debut, joining Alex Smart of the Montreal Canadiens, Réal Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques, and Fabian Brunnström of the Dallas Stars. Last season, during the lockout shortened campaign, Stepan played very well for the Rangers, recording 44 points in 48 games.

He possesses an amazing ability to see the entire ice, making him one of the most effective playmakers in the entire game.  Another testament to this young player’s game is his ability to stay injury free.  He is not the biggest player on the ice, but he somehow manages to hold his own when things get physical. He has all the talent to be a star in this league, so is this the season he breaks out and shows he can be that big time player this team can rely on?

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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