Meet the Blueshirts: Derek Stepan

June, 3, 2014
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Derek Stepan Mike Stobe/NHLI/Getty Images
Position: C
Number: 21
Age: 23
Born: Hastings, Minnesota
Height: 6-0
Weight: 196
How Acquired: Selected by the Rangers in the second round (No. 51 overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

In case you didn’t know ...

Stepan is tough. He got his jaw broken by former teammate Brandon Prust in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. He missed Game 4, but returned for Games 5 and 6. Stepan currently cannot eat solid food. Oh well. Smoothies will have to do.

• He’s quite the playmaker. This season, Stepan recorded a career-high 40 assists in the regular year and eight more so far in the playoffs. His 13 points during the postseason are tied for the team lead.

• On Oct. 9, 2010, Stepan recorded a hat track in his first career NHL game in Buffalo. He was the first Ranger and fourth player in league history to do so.

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Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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