Zach Stepan

by niko on June 13, 2017

Zach Stepan - Photo Courtesy of ontheforecheck.com

Zach Stepan, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 165

Born: 1994-01-06

Hometown: Fairbault, MN, USA

Drafted: 2012 by Nashville, 112th overall

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 – Stepan has been playing for the past four seasons with the Minnesota State, in the WCHA. During that time, in 136 games, he has scored 24 goals and 59 points. That translates in to 0.43 points per game.  Ten of those goals were scored on the power play.

The Predators drafted him because of his offensive upside, but since then he has become a reliable two-way center. For a 6-0 forward, he plays a more physical brand of hockey, than you would expect from a player that size.

The center position is looking pretty stacked for the Predators. After Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher, there are only two spots left, unless some of the younger centers are moved to play the wing, to ease their transition in the NHL. Niko Salminen

 

November 2015 – After a trying and injury riddled sophomore season, Stepan is trying to regain his standing among Predator prospects. After a stellar 21 point freshman year for Minnesota State University Mankato, Stepan saw his point totals almost cut in half with 12 in his sophomore season. Stepan is off to a slightly better start this season with six points in 12 games, however it's safe to say the lustre of his freshman season has worn off by now. As a player drafted for his offence his regression in that department is concerning. Donesh Mazloum

 

December 2013 – Despite being a late addition to the United States preliminary World Junior roster due to injuries, Stepan's strong performance in the pre-tournament games witnessed him claim a spot as one of the 13 forwards on the final lineup. On a team full of two-way character players, the USA will rely on Stepan for skill and offence.  Donesh Mazloum

 

June 2013 – After two solid seasons at Shattuck St. Mary's Prep School, Stepan was scooped up in the 4th round by the Nashville Predators at the 2012 draft. This past season Stepan suited up for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, making an immediate offensive impact. With 32 goals and 78 points in 56 games, Stepan finished third in league scoring behind line mates Taylor Cammarata and Justin Kloos. After initially committing to Ohio State, Stepan will instead be joining Minnesota State next year.  Donesh Mazloum

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

As of now, projects as a bottom-six center who can provide supplementary scoring. I doubt that Stepan is going to make it in to the NHL with the Predators in the near future, because there are a lot of players ahead of him in the depth chart.

 

 

Footage:

Stepan preparing for the Junior Club World Cup:

 

 

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