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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
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Derek Stepan will play against the Rangers in New York Thursday for the first time since his offseason trade.
It will be a special appearance for the former Ranger who spent the first seven years of his career there. "I know that I’m going to be emotional with it," Stepan said. "It’s going to be tough to go into the building and go into a different locker room. But such is life. You just gotta embrace it and have some fun with it, and that’s kind of my game plan in my head right now. We’ll see if I can go through with it on Thursday." The Coyotes first play the Islanders Tuesday so Stepan will spend some time visiting former teammates as their stay in New York will be a few days. Stepan has two goals and six points in eight games after four straight 50-plus point seasons with the Rangers. Oct 24 - 7:42 AM

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Derek Stepan scored two goals and registered an assist in the Coyotes' 5-4 loss to Dallas Thursday night.

Stepan has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games. He's up to two goals and six points in seven contests this season. In other words, he's been a nice addition for the Coyotes so far, which makes him one of the silver linings in their dreadful 0-6-1 start to the campaign.
Oct 20 - 9:54 AM

Derek Stepan's line has really carried the offensive load for the Coyotes so far this season.

In fact, Stepan's unit, that features exciting rookie Clayton Keller and the talented Max Domi, has accounted for 56% of the team's goals (five of nine goals) which is in part why Arizona is winless so far this campaign. The Coyotes are going to need some offensive help from Christian Dvorak and Anthony Duclair if they are to have any hopes of being better than dismal in 2017-18.
Oct 14 - 12:29 PM

Derek Stepan scored two goals in Saturday's 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.

The Coyotes are counting on Stepan to be their number one center this season, as they gave up multiple young assets to acquire him from the Rangers this summer. The 27-year-old had 17 goals and 55 points in 81 contests with New York last season. He could be an interesting late-round option in standard fantasy leagues, but he isn't a must-own by any means.
Oct 1 - 12:34 AM

Derek Stepan picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Stepan was arguably Arizona’s biggest acquisition this offseason, and they’ll need him to perform at a high level if they want to have a better season than they did last year. He had 17 goals and 55 points with the New York Rangers last season. Expect him to post similar numbers this year.
Sep 24 - 12:44 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Christian Dvorak
3Brad Richardson
4Mario Kempe
5Dave Bolland
LW1Max Domi
2Brendan Perlini
3Jordan Martinook
4Zac Rinaldo
5Nick Cousins
RW1Clayton Keller
2Christian Fischer
3Anthony Duclair
4Tobias Rieder
D1Oliver Ekman-Larsson
2Alex Goligoski
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Jason Demers
5Luke Schenn
6Joel Hanley
7Jakob Chychrun
8Kevin Connauton
G1Antti Raanta
2Scott Wedgewood
3Marek Langhamer