“I know with every team and in every city the media and the fans think that ‘we need this, we need that, to succeed.' But where are you going to get that No. 1 center or top defenseman all the time? It’s tough. There are only so many legit guys like that. So you have to build your team, mostly, from within. And watching some of the young guys we have here, that is definitely the way to go. Bring the kids along. You don’t need to do it always by trading or buying other guys.”Erik Christensen on the Rangers' official website
...I, for one, think that Derek Stepan can be that guy, that No. 1 center, but the question is whether he can be that this year. Someone needs to center Frolov and Gaborik, and Christensen is a nice player, but he's not the kind of playmaker who's going to help those two elevate their game. I don't know if Prospal is it either.