5 years ago

Derek Stepan's growth figures to have a major affect on the Rangers' success this season.

Stepan is the team's number two center. Even though he has three assists on the year, he knows he's going to have to become a major factor for a team that's started out 1-3. "I'm blessed with an opportunity to play, and the biggest thing is now that I'm getting these minutes is that I score a goal," said Stepan, who averaging 19:43 of ice time a night, the fourth-highest among Rangers' forwards. "I want to try to help out in a positive way rather than just play the big minutes."