Now that NHL training camps have officially kicked off throughout North America, one question that will continue to surface in the coming weeks is which of the first-round draft picks selected in June will ultimately have a significant impact with their team right now.
This year's draft was considered one of the deepest in recent memory and each of the 30 teams can rest assured that if their choice isn't producing this season, there should come a time down the road when his name is mentioned prominently in game roundups.
"Steven Stamkos is one of the more gifted goal scorers this League has ever seen and he's already been in the League five seasons," Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper told NHL.com. "But, as an 18-year-old No. 1 draft pick, even he didn't play every single game and it took some time before he started to take off."