Stepan is center of attention

As camp started this weekend, Derek Stepan took center stage, assigned to the team's top line with Marian Gaborik and Alexander Frolov for the Rangers' first scrimmage. While it's still extremely early to read too much into the move, it did seem to pay off. Stepan scored a goal and set up one of Frolov's three scores.

The momentum keeps building for Stepan who previously turned in a solid showing at the Traverse City prospect tournament. It's no guarantee that Stepan will start the season centering the Rangers' top line, or even that he'll beat out a deep group of vets for a spot on the roster, but Stepan's situation is holding everyone's attention early on. More on the matter below.

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