Saturday, March 2, 2019

Derek Stepan Swatch Card

The Arizona Coyotes have been the most snake-bitten team in the NHL this season, and the news just got worse as their #1 center, alternate captain Derek Stepan, was just ruled out of the next 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury. He joins #1 goalie Antti Raanta, shut-down center Dave Bolland, top-pairing defenseman Jason Demers, rookie Kyle Capobianco, middle-six winger Michael Grabner, and young star Nick Schmaltz on the injured reserve list.

Last year, Stepan posted 56 points for the Coyotes, his second-best career mark, one point less than during the 2013-14 season with the New York Rangers. He was also second on the team, behind only star rookie Clayton Keller.

He captained the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 World Juniors, leading the tournament with 14 points (4 goals and 10 assists) in 7 games and being named to the tournament's All-Star Team.

Here he is wearing the Rangers' classic white (now-away) uniform with a matching game-worn jersey swatch on card #15 from Panini's 2011-12 Crown Royale set and All The King's Men sub-set:
Stepan's cap hit of $6.5M runs through the 2020-21 season.

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