Derek Stepan: Hockey’s Future Ranks Rangers’ 44th Best Prospect in NHL

March 23rd, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »

The other day we heard about Rangers prospect Chris Kreider, who The Hockey News ranked as the top Rangers draft pick of the year, although Jess from The Prospect Park disagreed.

Today we’re going to hear about Derek Stepan, a centerman who Hockey’s Future recently ranked as the No. 44 best prospect in the NHL.

Here is what they had to say about him:

Stepan was an unknown when the Rangers drafted him out of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in the summer of 2008. The Rangers loved his natural scoring ability, leadership ability, and hockey mind when they selected him in the second round.

Since then, Stepan has performed well in his two seasons with the University of Wisconsin, but his biggest play has been on the international stage.

As the captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at this year’s U-20 WJCs, Stepan recorded four goals and 10 assists in seven games, which made him the tournament scoring leader. Exp ...

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