|Youngest to 250 NHL goals|
|1. Wayne Gretzky - 22 years, 28 days|
|2. Mario Lemieux - 23 years, 77 days|
|3. Dale Hawerchuk - 23 years, 289 days|
|4. Alex Ovechkin - 24 years, 126 days|
|5. Pierre Turgeon - 24 years, 199 days|
|6. Steve Yzerman- 24 years, 222 days|
|7. Jimmy Carson - 24 years, 241 days|
|8. Mike Bossy - 24 years, 275 days|
|9. Michel Goulet - 24 years, 302 days|
|10. Steven Stamkos - 24 years, 305 days|
"He used to post up at that left-wing dot and every goalie in the League knew it was coming and they couldn't stop it," NHL Network and TSN analyst Craig Button said. "It was like a fastball. The fastball is coming and you can't hit it."
It worked well for him. Stamkos scored 51 goals in his second season, including 24 off one-timers, of which 16 came from the left side, 14 from inside the circle.
"His one-timer from that side of the ice made him very famous very quick," former Lightning teammate Martin St. Louis told NHL.com.
It also made him somewhat predictable; so much so that defenses started to adjust to him by swinging coverage toward that side of the ice to ensure he wouldn't get the puck with time and space to bury a shot. It was the only way they could help their goaltender.
So Stamkos did the only thing he could do, the only thing smart players like him would do. He started to adjust to the defenses he was seeing. It has turned him into a complete player.