"My whole entire game has gotten more consistent," Stepan said. "When I went into my first slump, it's safe to say I wasn't playing good enough hockey or hard enough hockey to play at this level. I had to get talked to, get set straight, and now I'm playing better. I went four games without a point, but I think those were some of my better games. Hockey works like that."
Stepan on Brandon Dubinski's positive influence...
"Dubi is a guy that I look to for advice. When things aren't going the right way, he'll be the first guy to come up to me and talk to me. He's a hard-working guy, strong on the puck and he can score goals."
...after a rough start following the opening night hat trick Stepan has been everything and more you can expect from a rookie. This kid is a winner and I'm so stoked for his future as a member of the Blueshirts
....also awesome to see Dubi taking him under his wing.
This is one reason I think Dubi is the guy to get the C when Drury is gone. He's got everything you want in a captain. He's got the talent, he's got the grit, he's got the energy, and most importantly, the leadership. Mentoring is a HUGE part of team leadership. It's a determining factor in the locker room which is where the letters actually matter. Oh... and he's a player that can do all that and still drop the gloves to defend his teammates.
@ryantaussig The great thing about the Rangers is that they have four legit "C" candidates when Drury leaves Dubi, Cally, Staal and Stepan.