6. Derek Stepan, C - New York Rangers
DOB: June 18, 1990
Drafted 51st overall (2nd round) in 2008
Fourth among rookies in scoring, Derek Stepan has adjusted quickly to the NHL. In just his first year of pro hockey, the former collegiate star has seen his average ice time steadily increase as the season has gone by. More importantly, he's played in every game this year, a bit of a remarkable achievement on a Rangers squad that has been torn apart with injury over the course of the season. Currently third among New York players in scoring, Stepan has 14 goals and 30 points in 52 games this season. After originally lining up beside Marian Gaborik, the 20-year-old has lately played alongside of fellow rookie Mats Zuccarello and veteran Wojtek Wolski.
...to me the most impressive part of Stepan's season was his ability to grind through an early season slump that would have destroyed most rookies. This kid is the real deal and I've loved watching him skate alongside MZA recently.
Speaking of MZA he also received votes in the Calder poll.
Hockey's Future also looks back on the Rangers 2006 draft. If you liked the Sanguinetti pick that year you may not want to read this.