Traded to Plymouth (OHL) by Mississauga (OHL) for Nathan O'Nabigon and Plymouth's 3rd round choice (later traded to North Bay/Saginaw Saginaw selected Kevin Porter) in 2002 OHL Priority Draft, December 28, 2000. Traded to NY Rangers by San Jose for Nils Ekman, August 12, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 14, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Wolfsburg (Germany), July 9, 2007. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 17, 2008. Missed majority of 2007-08 and 2008-09 due to three sports hernia surgeries. Signed as a free agent by Springfield (AHL), December 17, 2009. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 28, 2010.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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