With the New York Rangers signing Derek Stepan to a multi-year contract, they have secured a core and highly talented player.
Stepan is the Rangers’ fourth veteran player behind Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. Stepan was named an alternate captain of the Rangers on October 6, 2014.
The 25-year old is one of the Rangers’ top six forwards at even strength, on the power play and penalty kill. Stepan has never averaged less than 18 minutes of ice time since his rookie season in 2010.
From the moment he recorded a hat trick in his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 in Buffalo, Stepan has been a player to watch out for.
This season alone he recorded 55 points in 68 games during the regular season with a plus-26 rating, and in 19 postseason games he recorded 12 points and a game winning goal.
Throughout his career with the Rangers, Stepan has received numerous honors and awards, including the John Halligan Good Guy Award, this past season, which recognizes a player, selected by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, for their cooperation with the media. He also received the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top Rangers rookie in Training Camp in 2010.Read more... Join the Conversation...