In April 30th issue of The Hockey News, Ryan Kennedy wrote of Zach Stepan who is a draft eligible prospect for this year and the cousin of the Rangers Derek Stepan.
Kennedy spoke to a scout that said Stepan is a honest two-way player who “works his butt off.”
In comparing Zach to Derek’s skillful game, Kennedy writes, “Zach is the kind of player who keeps the other team’s star in check and wins faceoffs in the defensive zone and on the penalty kill.”
His coach at Shattuck St. Mary’s said, “he has a heart of gold, high energy and hard to play against.”
At NHL.com, they write of Stepan,”One thing that sticks out where Zach is similar to Derek is the hockey sense,” Central Scouting’s David Gregory told NHL.com. “He understands that playing in every zone helps. He’s a finisher and I like how he passes the puck. He also plays with a fearless approach as he’s not afraid to pursue the puck in any area and get into traffic so he can possess the puck and make plays.”
Derek, who is three and a half years older, used to play street hockey with Zach when they were growing up.
Stepan is committed to go to Ohio State next season. Stepan will play in the BCHL next season, via twitter, and Ohio State the following year. He is 6-0, 165.
Future Considerations ranked him 88th in their midseason rankings and 77th in their final rankings. They project him to be a second or third line two-way forward and is likely to be a checking line forward.