Derek Stepan
C ARI
5 days ago

Stepan has just two goals and three assists at even strength through 19 games this season.

EDGE Analysis

Stepan has been handed the top-line job between Clayton Keller and Max Domi, but he hasn't been able to cash in on playing with the talented youngsters. In fact, of the 24 forwards with at least 250 minutes at five-on-five in the league, Stepan's 0.87 points per 60 minutes rank 24th. However, it's interesting to note that Keller ranks sixth highest with a 2.61 mark, so perhaps there has been some tough luck in points column for Stepan. Regardless, it's hard to imagine the established veteran not beginning to deliver better offensive results over the coming weeks.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
2 weeks ago

Stepan failed to register a point for the fourth consecutive game during Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Not only is the veteran center playing top offensive minutes (19:59 of ice time with 3:38 on the power play during the point drought), but he's also being flanked by the best two wingers Arizona has in Clayton Keller and Max Domi. It's a concerning slump, and Stepan's fantasy value is trending in the wrong direction.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
1 month ago

Stepan scored twice on five shots and dished out an assist in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars.

EDGE Analysis

The goals were Stepan's first two in a Coyotes uniform, but he's made his presence felt offensively with four assists in seven games. Despite him finishing plus-2 in this one, the former Rangers center's rating still sits at an ugly minus-3. Stepan never finished a season below plus-5 in New York, but just breaking even would be a major accomplishment on this rebuilding team.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
1 month ago

Stepan recorded an assist and five shots on net during Thursday's 4-2 loss to Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Stepan has now recorded an assist in consecutive contests, as the veteran center appears to be finding a groove with his new club. He's locked into a top offensive role and has averaged 21:00 of ice time per game, including 3:49 with the man advantage. Additionally, centering Max Domi and Clayton Keller should prove to be a favorable fantasy setup for Stepan.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
5 months ago

Stepan joins the Yotes from New York via a trade Friday that included Antti Raanta in a swap for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and Anthony DeAngelo.

EDGE Analysis

Stepan is probably the odds on favorite to take over the vacant captaincy with Arizona after having served as an alternate for New York. In addition to his leadership, the center will look to extend his four-year 50-plus point streak. The 27-year-old is likely a lock to suit up on Arizona's top power-play unit as well -- a role he thrived in with the Rangers as he notched four goals and 14 helpers while averaging 2:58 of ice time last season. In addition to his impressive offensive stats, Stepan is a solid defender as evident by his plus-19 rating and inclusion on the penalty kill.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
6 months ago

Stepan wrapped up the 2016-17 campaign with 17 goals, 38 assists and a plus-19 rating as well as a career-high 209 shots in 81 games.

EDGE Analysis

He's been almost metronomic offensively over the past four seasons, finishing with point totals between 53 and 57 every time, although his pace has varied. It's nice that Stepan saw a bit of an uptick in shots this year, but that was accompanied by a career-worst 8.1 shooting percentage. In an ideal world, he'd be the Rangers' second-line center, as that's a better fit for the soon-to-be 27-year-old's skills, but unless the team makes a major move, expect Stepan to be back in his role on the top trio once again next year. He's under contract with the Rangers beyond the end of this decade.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
6 months ago

Stepan synced up with Ryan McDonagh on a Chris Kreider man-advantage goal Thursday, helping out in a 4-1 win over the Senators to tie the conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

EDGE Analysis

New York only had five forwards leaving the home barn without at least one point in this Game 4 contest, and the apple by Stepan helped stretch his point streak to three games. The veteran pivot is an intriguing fantasy option, especially with the Rangers possessing the momentum heading into Saturday's road tilt.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
7 months ago

Stepan scored a goal in Saturday's 6-5 double-overtime loss to the Senators in Game 2. He also fired six shots on net.

EDGE Analysis

Unfortunately, the veteran center also skated to a plus-2. While the snipe and amount of rubber he threw at Sens netminder Craig Anderson are great from a fantasy standpoint, the fact that Stepan went just 8-for-25 (32 percent) in the faceoff dot suggests he'll need to be better when the series shifts to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Tuesday -- especially if the Blueshirts hope to climb out of a 2-0 deficit.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
7 months ago

Stepan potted an empty-net goal in Saturday's series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Canadiens.

EDGE Analysis

It was the first goal of the series for Stepan, who had been held to just one assist in the previous five games. He's been known to struggle at times in the postseason, but his 45 points in 91 career playoff games certainly aren't that bad. Stepan is an elite playmaker and the Rangers will be looking for more from him in the next round when they face the winner of the Boston-Ottawa series.

Derek Stepan
C ARI
8 months ago

Stepan had two assists in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

Stepan had recently scored in three straight games, but he showed off his great vision Sunday. This is his fourth straight 50-plus point season, as he continues to be one of the more reliable scorers around. The top-line center is on track to roll into the playoffs on a high note, so make sure you get him in your lineup.