Joe Micheletti said during the broadcast on MSG recently that Stepan has the added pressure of Brad Richards' slow start, but Stepan has "really grown this year."
John Tortorella, after the Rangers win over NJ, praised the work that Stepan and his line have done not only in the offensive zone, but in the defensive zone as well.
Stepan said yesterday that he spends the offseason working hard so he can put himself in a position to get better every season. He also credited his linemates, specifically Carl Hagelin and Rick Nash, for making his job easy.
Carl Hagelin told the Daily News that Stepan's hockey sense makes him appear to be older and a more advanced player than his age indicates. Hagelin added that Stepan is getting a chance to play a big role this season "because he's doing a great job."