Stepan Leads USA to Gold

January 6, 2010, by

Team USA ended Team Canada’s five-year championship run at the World Junior Championships last night, beating les Canadians 6-5 in an overtime thriller. Captain, and Rangers second-round pick in 2008, Derek Stepan contributed a goal and an assist in the third period, and was a part of the three-on-one rush that generated the OT winner. Stepan also led the tournament in scoring, putting up a line of 4-10-14 in just 7 GP. Chris Kreider, the Rangers first-round pick in 2009, scored the first goal of the game for Team USA in the first, and had a team lead . Ryan Bourque (3rd, 2009) contributed an assist in the first period while playing a sound defensive game.

It was the first time a Rangers prospect led the tournament in scoring since Doug Weight in 1991. The future looks bright for the Rangers, Stepan and Kreider look like the real deal.


  1. Bettman's Nightmare says:

    And man, was Kreider’s goal beautiful. He shelfed that thing like it was nothing.

    It’s great to see these guys performing so well on a stage just below the NHL (heck, IN the NHL in Pietrangelo’s case).

  2. dave says:

    kreider will be a monster with gabbs on da top line.and if we can get grachev playing non lazy hockey the rangers might have a shot in 3 years

  3. Dave says:

    Don’t forget about Stepan, that kid is going to be a beast.

    The future looks bright. You have to hand it to Sather, the rebuild took a while, but it’s almost there.