Stepan wrapped up the 2016-17 campaign with 17 goals, 38 assists and a plus-19 rating as well as a career-high 209 shots in 81 games.
He's been almost metronomic offensively over the past four seasons, finishing with point totals between 53 and 57 every time, although his pace has varied. It's nice that Stepan saw a bit of an uptick in shots this year, but that was accompanied by a career-worst 8.1 shooting percentage. In an ideal world, he'd be the Rangers' second-line center, as that's a better fit for the soon-to-be 27-year-old's skills, but unless the team makes a major move, expect Stepan to be back in his role on the top trio once again next year. He's under contract with the Rangers beyond the end of this decade.
Stepan synced up with Ryan McDonagh on a Chris Kreider man-advantage goal Thursday, helping out in a 4-1 win over the Senators to tie the conference semifinal series at two games apiece.
New York only had five forwards leaving the home barn without at least one point in this Game 4 contest, and the apple by Stepan helped stretch his point streak to three games. The veteran pivot is an intriguing fantasy option, especially with the Rangers possessing the momentum heading into Saturday's road tilt.
Stepan scored a goal in Saturday's 6-5 double-overtime loss to the Senators in Game 2. He also fired six shots on net.
Unfortunately, the veteran center also skated to a plus-2. While the snipe and amount of rubber he threw at Sens netminder Craig Anderson are great from a fantasy standpoint, the fact that Stepan went just 8-for-25 (32 percent) in the faceoff dot suggests he'll need to be better when the series shifts to Madison Square Garden for Game 3 on Tuesday -- especially if the Blueshirts hope to climb out of a 2-0 deficit.
Stepan potted an empty-net goal in Saturday's series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Canadiens.
It was the first goal of the series for Stepan, who had been held to just one assist in the previous five games. He's been known to struggle at times in the postseason, but his 45 points in 91 career playoff games certainly aren't that bad. Stepan is an elite playmaker and the Rangers will be looking for more from him in the next round when they face the winner of the Boston-Ottawa series.
Stepan had two assists in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.
Stepan had recently scored in three straight games, but he showed off his great vision Sunday. This is his fourth straight 50-plus point season, as he continues to be one of the more reliable scorers around. The top-line center is on track to roll into the playoffs on a high note, so make sure you get him in your lineup.