"Perhaps one of the more surprising rookies this season, Derek Stepan has been quietly putting together an extremely strong and steady freshman campaign. In his first season of pro hockey, Stepan has seen his responsibilities continue to increase as he becomes more and more comfortable with the pace of the NHL. In 62 games thus far, he has tallied 16 goals and 34 points, placing him third on the Rangers and tied for fifth among all rookies. Although he started his NHL career with a hat trick in his first game, Stepan has become more consistent as the year has gone by. The Rangers are battling in a division with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but still have a good shot at returning to the post season after missing the playoffs last year. Injuries have ripped through New York's lineup all season long and players like Stepan, who has yet to miss a game, are the glue that is keeping the Blueshirts together."
...consistency is key for every rookie. Continuing to work equally as hard during the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. And there is no doubt that we've seen Stepan do just that. Couldn't be more excited about his future with the Rangers. I leek like I say that every time I post about a Rangers rookie or prospect. Which is a good thing.