Last Saturday we saw a few early season breakout performances, including a hat trick from Rangers rookie Derek Stepan, a Gordie Howe hat trick from Toronto's Kris Versteeg and a two-goal game from Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula. Since then, Stepan and Versteeg have gone without a point and Filppula has an assist in two games.
The point of telling you all this is that it is still extremely early in the season. It's hard to gauge what a player is going to produce for a full season after they've played in just 3-5 games. Is it possible Stepan scores 30 goals this season? Of course, but it's too hard to predict at this point. Should you be dropping Stepan? No, you have to see if the rookie emerges and can build off that early performance.