Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 3/22/14
Derek Stepan is essential to the Rangers Too many times this season, Derek Stepan – no longer a kid on the Rangers roster – has been a passenger. It speaks to Stepan’s talent and the expectancy that goes with it that with 48 points, and on course for 55, most people consider his season an underwhelming, inconsistent one. Stepan needs to be involved and needs to generate offense for his wingers for the Rangers to be successful. Recently, Stepan has improved and it bodes well for the stretch drive. With 11 points in his last 10 games, Stepan has started to find some consistency including four goals in his last eight games. It goes beyond the numbers though. Using his goal last night against the Blue Jackets as an example, Stepan is going to the dangerous areas on the ice where he is more involved. He’s going to the net, he’s playing between the circles and recently, he’s looking to use his underrated shot more than he has for most of the season. Five games in a row, Stepan has registered
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