Monday, February 20, 2012
Via Bolts by the Bay: Stamkos: 30, 40… 51?
This year Steven Stamkos has shown his skills yet again. For the third consecutive season, Stamkos has surpassed the 40 goal mark. In fact, his goals total for the last three seasons is 136 goals, easily placing him ahead of everyone else in terms of goals scored since the beginning of the ’09-’10 season. Stamkos has been a great leader on the ice as well, beginning with the most obvious form of recognition: an ‘A’ on his jersey. Stammer has shown to everyone why he is the Assistant captain on the team at only 22 years of age. With so many goals scored against, it’s very hard to keep a great plus minus on this Lightning team. However, Stamkos is tied at second on the team with a plus-6 rating (tied with Bergeron, two behind Purcell). Stamkos’ fabulous offensive play has been complimented by improving defensive play from the center. Critics have always questioned Steven’s ability to play defense, but he has responded by steadily improving his defensive play throughout the season... more.