Begin with his age, then consider his accomplishments. Look at his experience, before pondering his potential. Think about his work ethic, prior to examining his passion.
There are a lot of places to start when attempting to fathom the remarkable success of the young Steven Stamkos. But perhaps the most fitting indication that best summarizes Stamkos’ career year is found in the fact that his latest honor came on a day when he wasn’t even playing. Amidst a team season-high point streak, Stamkos knows better than anyone. When you’re good, you’re just that good.
He scored a goal to become of one six players in history to record 50 goals as a teenager and used an assist to become just one of three active NHL players to record 100 points before the age of 20. But earlier today, Stamkos, who is on vacation as a result of the Olympic break, was slated in the top spot among the NHL’s “Three Stars” of the Week, while a pair of goaltenders (Second Star Michael Leighton and Third Star Marty Turco) were left in his wake, in what has become a scene among NHL net minders that is all too familiar this season.
The 2008 first overall draft pick led all NHL scorers last week with three goals and six assists in four straight games, beginning with a pair of points in a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 9.
After celebrating his 20th birthday just one week ago, Stamkos’ 35 goals tied him for fourth place among NHL leaders, while accounting for exactly half of his point total that notched him the seventh spot in the league race entering the Olympic break.
His standing in good company, however, extends beyond the top-10 lists of the NHL player rankings.
Stamkos entered today joined solely by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the league’s longest active streak of 13 consecutive games with a point, and just yesterday, became only the fourth player in Lightning history to accomplish that same feat, tying the franchise mark also shared by Brian Bradley, Martin St. Louis and Vinny Prospal.
As a testament to his unparalleled performance, he stands alone at the top with the league-lead in power play goals with 15 and power play points with 30.
Begin with his accomplishments, then consider his age. Look at his potential, before pondering his experience. Think about his passion, prior to examining his work ethic.
There aren’t a lot of places to end when attempting to fathom the remarkable success of the young Steven Stamkos.