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Scouting Jason Stephanik

Jason Stephanik– LW- 6’2 – 188 lbs – New Jersey Hitmen – 5-19-94

Jason Stephanik may have the best physical skill-set of any draft-eligible player in the EJHL. He’s big, he can skate, he has good hands and a devastating shot. At first, I thought his hockey sense/vision was a little lacking when I saw him forcing hard angle/low percentage shots but they were always on target, and if he can come out of the corner and consistently hit that tiny triangle above the goalies shoulder and below the cross-bar, then why not go for it. As soon as he realized that wasn’t a weak spot for the goalie, he started varying up his attacks and integrating his teammates more. He proved to be quite adept in the playmaking department and was tough to defend against on the PP because he was dangerous as both a passer and shooter from the half-wall. He protects the puck well in the offensive zone, and will drive to the net with the puck (often stickhandling his way through defensemen), but prefers to get open off to the side of the net than work the top of the crease, when the puck goes back to the point.

Loves to get the puck and push the offense. Starts to wind up in his own zone and is a tough to contain coming at you 1on1 with speed. On the flip side, he tends to leave the zone a little early, looking for that lead pass, and I thought his compete level in his own zone could use some work. He didn’t seem to want to engage in winning the puck back and kept waiting for his teammates to get it to him in open ice. He was a non-factor in a big game against the Valley Warriors, where Fitzgerald, Collier and Tringale really controlled the game, and limited his opportunities to get the puck.

Skating Ability: 7.5
Stephanik has long, powerful strides and quick feet. His top speed may not be elite, but it is impressive. He has good mobility and balance as well, and is an elusive player 1on1. He has the ability to be strong on his feet but doesn’t always exploit that element of his game.

Puck Skills: 7
He’s not a pure dangler, but Stephanik does have very good, quick hands and when combined with his strong skating ability make him an elusive player- particularly off the rush.

Passing Ability: 6
Stephanik usually calls his own number, but when he decides to pass he’s efficient. He finds the open man, uses the points, and delivers accurate, catchable passes.

Finishing Ability: 7.5
Excellent. He has a hard, accurate wrist shot and an NHL release. He is lethal around the net showing both poise and a killer instinct.

Physical Play: 6
With Stephanik’s size and skating ability he has the potential to be a powerful player, but he’s inconsistent in application and simply isn’t physically aggressive/mean by nature.

Intangibles: 5.5
Stephanik has a good head for the offensive game, but seems a bit lost defensively. His compete level comes and goes and he does not support his teammates well in his own zone.

Defensive Play: 5.5
Right now, Stephanik is a one-way player who relies on his teammates to get him the puck. He doesn’t backcheck hard, and when he’s in his own zone, he’s more interested in getting a jump on the defense, than helping his own teammates win board battles or read and defend.

Bill is the northeast regional scout for Future Considerations, the Boston Bruins correspondent for Hockey's Future, and a former collegiate goaltender.

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