NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
“He's a solid guy, he got lots of opportunities last year to play in the top four defense and power-play and penalty-kill units and I would expect he's going to be a top-four or top-two guy again this year. He's going to get lots of opportunities to produce. He's got lots of skill, moves the puck well, he's got a good shot, lots of energy. Can play physical when he has to, but I see him more as a puck-moving guy."
Belleville Bulls GM and head coach George Burnett
“Stephen is a smart player who possesses quick feet and a good stick. He is extremely competitive and has excellent vision.”