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Derek Stepan | Center | #21

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (51) / NYR
Contract: view contract details

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One of Derek Stepan's goals with the Arizona Coyotes is to help the team's young centers.
"When I was a young guy, I had older guys do it for me," Stepan said. "I want to do the same thing for them. Hopefully I can step in and help as much as I can in all aspects of the game and do all the things I've done every single year." Arizona acquired Stepan from the New York Rangers over the summer. He's expected to play a big role with the Coyotes this season. Sep 17 - 9:27 AM

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Derek Stepan is looking forward to being a leader on the young Arizona Coyotes.

"I still feel like a young guy," said the 27-year-old Stepan. "But now I look at the lineup and I think there's only going to be one guy that's older than me up front (forward Jamie McGinn, 28), and maybe two or three guys on the back end (defensemen Zbynek Michalek, 34; Alex Goligoski, 32; Niklas Hjalmarsson, 30). It's definitely a new experience, but something that certainly doesn't worry me. I've been in a leadership role in New York and I'll just transfer into a new one in Arizona. I couldn't be more excited." He has registered at least 53 points in each of his past four seasons and was an alternate captain for the past three seasons. Stepan is projected to center Arizona's top line after he was acquired from the Rangers along with goaltender Antti Raanta in June.
Aug 4 - 9:01 AM

Derek Stepan is expected to be Arizona's top-line center in 2017-18.

"He's just a solid, 200-foot centerman that can make plays, wins faceoffs, can play in all situations (against) top competition," GM John Chayka said. "He just checks all the boxes for a top-line center for us." Stepan has surpassed the 50-point plateau in each of the last four seasons. He is looking forward to serving as a leader on the Coyotes and playing alongside some of the team's young talent.
Jun 24 - 11:24 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta from the New York Rangers in exchange for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft and Anthony DeAngelo.

Interesting. This move might suggest that the Rangers are shifting their focus towards rebuilding while it looks like Arizona is making moves to try to end its five-year absence from the playoffs. Stepan is still just 27 years old though, so while the Coyotes are giving up a high pick for him and Raanta, they're at least getting a player that could be a big contributor for years to come. Stepan had 17 goals and 55 points in 81 contests in 2016-17.
Jun 23 - 1:00 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have "serious interest" in Rangers center Derek Stepan, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie also mentioned that multiple teams are interested in Stepan, but the 'Yotes are definitely one of them. The Rangers are reportedly looking for a right-handed defenseman in return. Teams have until 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday to make trades not involving the Vegas Golden Knights.
Jun 16 - 10:42 PM

Derek Stepan's name is coming up in trade rumors, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

Stepan has a full no-trade clause for the next two seasons that kicks in on July 1 and the next two years after that he will have a modified no-trade clause. His contract has a $6.5 million cap hit.
Jun 14 - 1:37 PM

Larry Brooks of the New York Post states that trading Derek Stepan could get the Rangers the defenseman they need.

Brooks thinks that Oscar Lindberg could easily transition into a top-two center, taking Stepan's place and that trading Stepan will get the Rangers the blueliner they so desperately need. That remains to be seen but with the expansion draft upcoming, something will need to be done soon.
Source: NY Post
May 21 - 8:21 AM

Derek Stepan is on a three-game point streak.

Stepan registered an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over Ottawa. His point streak began after saying that he's "stunk since the playoffs started." He's up to two goals and five points in 10 postseason games.
May 5 - 10:39 AM

Derek Stepan registered an assist in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Ottawa in Game 3 on Tuesday.

Stepan has recorded a point in back-to-back games since saying on Friday that he's "stunk since the playoffs started." Even with that offensive resurgence, he still has just two goals and four points in nine postseason contests.
May 3 - 4:43 AM

Derek Stepan isn't happy with his performance so far in the postseason.

"I've stunk since the playoffs started," Stepan said. "I've been not very good with the puck." He certainly has left something to be desired. Through seven contests he's been limited to a goal and an assist. He's also only won 41.8% of his draws, down from 47.0% in the regular season. He'll get a chance to turn things around in Game 2 on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 6:07 PM

Derek Stepan returns to action on Sunday against Pittsburgh.

The veteran has picked up 16 goals and 54 points through 80 games this season.
Source: Dan Rosen
Apr 9 - 6:10 PM

Derek Stepan will be scratched in Ottawa on Saturday.

Through 80 games this season the pivot has posted 16 goals and 54 points while winning just 47.1% of his face-offs.
Apr 8 - 12:19 PM

Derek Stepan found the back of the net in a 5-4 overtime loss to San Jose.

Stepan has scored a goal in each of his last three games and is on a four-game point streak. That gives him 16 goals and 52 points in 77 games this season. He remains five points shy of his career-high, which was set in 2013-14.
Mar 29 - 10:34 AM

Derek Stepan scored a goal in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Stepan's goal gave his team a 2-1 lead in the first period, but the Ducks were able to tie it up less than four minutes later. Stepan has now scored in back-to-back games. He's up to 15 goals and 51 points in 76 contests.
Mar 27 - 10:11 AM

Derek Stepan scored what ended up being the game-winner as the New York Rangers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 on Saturday.

It's his second GWG of 2016-17 and 14th goal overall, also giving him 50 points in 75 games. While he's professed disappointment with his goal-scoring after setting a career-high with 22 last season, he's more or less in keeping with his usual totals and hits 50 points for the fourth consecutive season.
Mar 26 - 1:16 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Derek Stepan
2Christian Dvorak
3Dylan Strome
4Nick Cousins
5Brad Richardson
6Dave Bolland
LW1Max Domi
2Brendan Perlini
3Clayton Keller
4Jordan Martinook
RW1Tobias Rieder
2Anthony Duclair
3Christian Fischer
4Lawson Crouse
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Alex Goligoski
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Jakob Chychrun
5Jason Demers
6Luke Schenn
7Adam Clendening
8Kevin Connauton
9Kyle Wood
G1Antti Raanta
2Louis Domingue