Winter Games Athletes
Stepan may fly under the radar for a New York Rangers team that boasts plenty of big names, but his play hasn't gone unnoticed by Team USA. He'll be one of the youngest players for the Americans at age 23 when the Olympics begin, giving the U.S. a solid playmaking presence in the middle. Stepan has been a contributor for the Rangers since becoming the fourth player in NHL history to record a hat trick in his NHL debut. He registered 21 goals and 24 assists as a rookie in 2010-11 and has 35 points for New York this season. Most importantly, he's yet to miss a game due to injury since entering the league, and his lines have been pretty efficient as well, with a plus-51 rating in his career. Stepan also has never registered more than 22 penalty minutes in a season which makes him a valuable center that stays on the ice at crucial times. He's made a name for himself despite playing with the likes of Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh and captain Ryan Callahan, with the last two also representing the Americans in Sochi. Stepan has experience in international competition, helping Team USA win gold at the 2010 World Junior Championships and scoring twice in seven games at the Worlds in 2011.