The 22 minutes he was averaging in February were about four minutes more than he averaged during seven January games.
In the NY Post, Stepan, while speaking with Larry Brooks, said that his game appeared to make a "drastic change" for the better around the start of February.
Stepan said that he couldn't really explain what happened in his game, but "a switch definitely turned on."
He added that the most important thing that he does is getting on the ice as much as he can, even if it is just 15 or 20 minutes, so he can get a feel for being there.
Dave Maloney praised the patience that Stepan has with the puck.
Stepan has five goals and six assists this season. He has played over 24 minutes in three of the Rangers last five games.