Read: How The Derek Stepan to Finland Deal Came Together

Yesterday Derek Stepan arrived in Finland and took part in his first practice for KarPa.

He spoke with the Finnish press and said that he hoped to play tonight when KarPa plays the Pelicans.

Stepan said that the process of moving to play in Finland worked fast and once he found out that the team was interested in him, he became interested because of the quality of play in the league.

Stepan said that with the exception of a connection he once made in Helsinki, yesterday was the first time he was ever in Finland. He added that it’s a new and unfamiliar scene to him but one he is trying to make the best of,”I didn’t know anything or any players, I am trying to fit in as fast as I can and help out any way I can.”

10:42AM: According to Matias Strozyck, Stepan will start on the top line for KalPa