Meet the Blueshirts: Derek Stepan
June, 3, 2014
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Mike Stobe/NHLI/Getty ImagesPosition: C
Born: Hastings, Minnesota
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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