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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