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Steven Stamkos  #91

NUMBER: 91 BIRTHDATE: February 7, 1990  (AGE 24)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Markham, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: TBL / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)    Prospect Bio
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Drafted first overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Stamkos had four goals and 14 points in his first 40 games this season. He led all NHL rookies in shots on goal with 84 and was tied for fifth in power-play points with seven (through games of Jan. 8). <br /> <br /> At the 2008 World Junior Championship, he was one of only two players born in 1990 named to Team Canada. He helped lead Canada to a gold medal recording six points (1-5--6) in seven games, including a goal and an assist in the quarter-final game against Finland. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On the start to his NHL career: &quot;It has probably not been the best start I had envisioned for myself and the team. It's definitely been an adjustment coming from the juniors and I have learned a lot so far. The NHL is the best league in the world and these guys are the best players around and it's going to take some time to make that jump, but I'm starting to feel as comfortable as I can be right now.&quot; <br /> <br /> On playing the point on the power-play: &quot;I really don't have a problem with it. You get to see the whole play. You have to be aware of the defensive side of things, and that's always in the back of your mind. But you have to use your judgment. You're not going to try to beat a guy one-on-one at the blue line. You have to be smart. If there's no play, get the puck deep and let the forwards control it.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet: &quot;Steven Stamkos is going to be a hell of a hockey player, he's been a little up and down this year, but he's a great kid ... we do video, and he misses a man and he'll say, 'Yes, that's my man.' I love guys like that. He knows he made a mistake and admits it. That's a leader. That's a captain in the making.&quot; <br /> <br /> Tampa Bay teammate Ryan Craig: &quot;He wants to learn, he asks questions and he's become a big part of this team. To be in the National Hockey League and living your dream at 18 is something where his enthusiasm is contagious, and I know it is with me. He keeps me on my toes.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=387575" target="_blank">Brave new world for Stamkos</a><br /> <a href="http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/related/C941/" target="_blank">Steven Stamkos Blogs</a><br /> <a href="http://lightning.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&amp;page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=399613" target="_blank">WJC A Special Memory For Stamkos</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=18053">2008 Entry Draft Profile</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=19754">Stamkos on Draft Day</a><br /> <a href="http://lightning.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=19559">TSN: Seen Stamkos?</a><br /> <br />
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