Zach Stepan

by Donesh Mazloum on November 19, 2015

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:

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-

Stepan is a skilled and hard-working skater. He has the potential to be a scoring line centre, however, he is still very raw and is a long way from being an everyday NHL player.

 

 

Footage:

Stepan preparing for the Junior Club World Cup:

 

 

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