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Prospect Preview : Chandler Stephenson - Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012
By: Michael Gosnell

An offensive threat is something the Washington Capitals are in no imminent need of.

The Capitals have plenty of scoring threats in their farm system, which begins with star Russian prospect Yevgeni Kuznetsov.

While general manager George McPhee waits for Kuznetsov to make the jump to the National Hockey League, there is another Capitals prospect in North America that could transition well into the pros.

The Capitals selected Regina Pats forward Chandler Stephenson in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Stephenson was an important player for the Pats last season, despite missing 14 games with an injury.

He scored 22 goals and added 20 assists, which ranked fourth on the team if you add the goals and assists.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has the skill and speed that makes scouts drool. Stephenson is a hard-working player who gets the job done on both ends of the ice.

He lacks the size to be an effective physical player, but makes up for that with his hockey IQ.

This season, Stephenson has played 12 games for the Pats and has scored four goals and six assists.

I believe he can overcome his size deficiency and become a decent two-way player in the NHL.

Tomorrow on the Prospect Preview, we will profile St. Louis Blues prospect and University of North Dakota freshman Jordan Schmaltz.


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