News:Steven Stamkos has three goals and four assists, as of Thursday, at the World Hockey Championships. He's tied for the tournament lead in points with seven.
Analysis: He's the best offensive player on Team Canada and had his team sitting second in its group as of Thursday. The team is 3-0-1 in four games so far.
News: According to GM Steve Yzerman, an MRI on Steven Stamkos' left knee revealed "nothing of significance," Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: The report adds that Steven Stamkos will play for Canada at the upcoming World Championship. The Lightning's sniper finished the 2012-13 season with 29 goals and 57 points (both marks ranking him second in the league) in 48 games.
News:Steven Stamkos injured his left knee during Saturday's season finale against the Panthers, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos suffered the injury with 1:10 left in Saturday's game, so it is an unfortunate way to end the season. However, Stamkos said it is too early to know if the injury will force him to miss the World Championships.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up an assist in Saturday's loss to the Panthers. He finished second in the league with 57 points.
Analysis: Marty St. Louis finished first overall with 60 points; Steven Stamkos finished one point ahead of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.
News:Steven Stamkos recorded two points during the Lightning's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Analysis: The winger tallied one goal and one assist for the game, and finished with a ridiculous plus-5 rating.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up his 28th goal of the season on the power play in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: He's still two behind Alexander Ovechkin in the goal chase and he's a point behind the now second-place Martin St. Louis in the points race with 54.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up an assist Saturday in an overtime loss to the Capitals. He was outscored by Alexander Ovechkin and has now slipped to second in the NHL goal list.
Analysis: He only has one goal in his last seven games while Alexander the Gr8 has potted nine in the same span. Steven Stamkos does have six points in those seven games and he's tied for second in overall league scoring. He'll amp it up again. No worries.
News:Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal Tuesday against the Senators that stood up as the game winner. He's now tied with Alexander Ovechkin for the league lead in goals with 26.
Analysis: It's his first goal in five games. Ovechkin is on a massive tear right now, so Stammer is going to have to ratchet up his pace to keep a hold on the Rocket Richard Trophy.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up his 49th point of the season when he tallied an assist in Saturday's loss to the Islanders. He is now within seven points of the league leader.
Analysis: He's now gone three games without a goal, but that's not the sniper's longest goalless streak -- he went five without one early in the season. He'll soon ascend to the top of the points list because of Sidney Crosby's injury.
News:Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist in Friday's shootout win over the Devils. He now has six points (four goals, two assists) on his current three-game scoring streak.
Analysis: He has 25 goals and 21 assists in 34 games. New coach Jon Cooper promotes a more offensive game than now-fired coach Guy Boucher, so Stammer should quickly benefit. And that's great for both the Bolts and his fantasy owners.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up two points on the power play -- a goal and an assist -- in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: He's back in sole possession of second in the scoring chase with 43 points, one ahead of the Pens' Chris Kunitz. Of course, Sidney Crosby leads the league with 54 points.
News:Steven Stamkos delivered his league-leading 22nd goal in Sunday's loss to the Jets. It was his 32nd game this season.
Analysis: He's scoring a lot of goals, but it's no anomaly -- his shooting percentage this year (20.2) is quite similar to last year (19.8) when he found twine 60 times. He's the NHL's best pure sniper.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up a goal -- the 200th of his career -- by finding an empty net in the closing seconds of Monday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: He also added an assist Monday night, reaching 40 points (21 G, 19 A) through 29 games for the season. Steven Stamkos is back to usual productive ways after a two-game "drought" that kept him off the score sheet last weekend.
News:Steven Stamkos was held off the score sheet Saturday for the second-straight game. He remains stuck at 20 goals and 38 points.
Analysis: He still had four shots so don't panic yet. His longest point drought is two whole games.
News:Steven Stamkos became the first NHLer to reach 20 goals this season when he potted the game-winner on the power play Tuesday against the Panthers.
Analysis: Thirteen of those goals have come in his last 13 games, and it's taken him just 26 games to get to 20 markers. He has an outside shot at 40 goals in this shortened season. Wow.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 19th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to Montreal. He also added an assist and now has 37 points in 25 games.
Analysis: This pace is outstanding - it would pro-rate to 121 points in a full season. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos ended his 10-game point streak Tuesday in a win over the Devils. He fired just two shots on goal in the contest.
Analysis: We'll cut him some slack -- he can't be perfect every night.
News:Steven Stamkos scored two goals against the Penguins on Monday, giving him a league-leading 17.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos also has 34 points in 22 games and has eight points in his last five contests. He remains very good at hockey.
News:Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal and added two even-strength assists in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins. His goal streak stands at five games and six goals, and his point streak at six games and 12 points.
Analysis: He now has 13 goals and is tied with John Tavares for the league lead; his 29 points also lead the league. He's as good as it gets.
News:Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over Carolina. He has a four-game goal streak and five-game point streak on the go.
Analysis: He has five goals and four assists in those five games. His 12 goals tie him for the league lead and the points move him into top spot in that category, too. One word: stud.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his 10th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs. He now has points in three straight games.
Analysis: He got a gift pass in the slot, where he stood unchecked, and you just know that's an all-but-guaranteed goal for a sniper like him. There is some consideration that he's the best in the league. We find it hard to debate that he isn't.
News:Steven Stamkos sits tied for third in league scoring with nine goals and 12 assists in 14 games. He has points in 11 of those 14 games.
Analysis: At his current pace, Stammer will deliver 72 points, including 30 goals. It's a hard pace (1.5 points per game) to sustain, so weigh your opportunities to trade high.
News:Steven Stamkos' point streak ended Tuesday at eight games when he was held without a point in a 2-1 loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: It won't last long. Stammer has grown his game each year he's been in the league, and he still sits second in the NHL in scoring despite the quiet night.
Season-Long Scoring Streak Continues For Bolts' Stamkos
News:Steven Stamkos scored both Tampa Bay goals Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers. His goal streak now stands at five games and his point streak at eight.
Analysis: He has picked up at least a point in every game the Bolts have played this season (eight) and now has seven goals and nine assists. He's on pace for 96 points this season. Wow.
News:Steven Stamkos' goal streak now stands at four games and his point streak at seven games after he potted a power-play goal and added two assists, one of which came with the man advantage, in Friday's 8-3 spanking of the Jets. His scoring streak sits at seven games.
Analysis: His 14 points move him to within one of the league lead. His consistency makes him one of the best head-to-head plays in fantasy. Of course, there's nothing wrong with his roto play, either.
News:Steven Stamkos netted his fourth goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Panthers and in doing so, he extended his season-long points streak to six games and 11 points.
Analysis: Yup, he has a point in each of the Bolts' games and goals in three straight, putting him among the league's top five scorers. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist in Sunday's win over the Flyers. He has points in every game so far this season.
Analysis: He has three goals and seven assists in just five games. His game continues to grow and evolve with each passing year, and that only increases his value. More goals will come soon, though -- great snipers cannot be held quiet for long.
News:Steven Stamkos had a three point night (one goal, two assists) in Friday's 6-4 win over Ottawa. The points give him a four-game point streak (two goals, six assists).
Analysis: What can we say about this guy that you don't already know? He's a blue-chip fantasy cornerstone who just gets better and better.
News:Steven Stamkos' power-play assist Tuesday stretched his point streak to three games and five points (one goal, four assists). Three of those assists have come on the power play.
Analysis: His goal-assist imbalance won't last long -- he was firing pucks that could have shattered the end glass. It's only a matter of time before he tickles the twine.
News:Steven Stamkos notched a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Islanders.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos notched two assists in the Lightning's season opener and is on track for another big season while skating on a dynamic line that also includes Martin St. Louis.
News:Steven Stamkos will soon head to Europe to get in game action if a new labor deal doesn't materialize soon, reports TSN.ca.
Analysis: "If there is a threat of losing the whole year, I'm definitely going to be looking for a place to play," said Steven Stamkos. "We've got a couple of weeks here where hopefully we get some good news and we get some sort of season underway." Stamkos has been staying in shape during the lockout, but wants to get a few months of game action before the offseason.
News:Steven Stamkos is staying sharp by working out with fitness guru Gary Roberts near Toronto, reports the Tampa Times, but may head to Europe if the lockout drags on.
Analysis: "I'm going to see what happens in the next two or three weeks before I go any further," said Steven Stamkos, who is training three times a week with Roberts, the guy he works out with during the offseason. He's also working out two or three times a week with another former coach, Jari Bryski, who has taught Stamkos on skating and stick skills since the sniper was eight years old. "For now," Stamkos said, "I'm planning that there will be some sort of a season."
News:Steven Stamkos (shoulder) says his rehabilitation is going well and he expects to start his summer workout program this week, reports the Tampa Times.
Analysis: "It feels good," Steven Stamkos said of the irritated bursa sac with which he played the last month of the season. He did not play with Team Canada at the World Championships this month to get the rest he needed to keep his training regimen on track for next season.
News:Steven Stamkos is one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the player's choice for the most outstanding player in the NHL.
Analysis: He's up against the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist; all three were voted as finalists by their peers. The award was previously known as the Lester B. Pearson Award.
News:Steven Stamkos earned a Hart trophy nomination for his 60-goal performance this season.
Analysis: He is up against Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Penguins' forward Evgeni Malkin. The award will be handed out on June 20 in Las Vegas.
Injured Shoulder Keeps Bolts' Stamkos Out Of World Tourney
News:Steven Stamkos will not play for Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championship in order to rest his injured left shoulder, reports TSN.ca.
Analysis: He has had an MRI on the injured wing, and while there is no structural damage, the decision was made that rest was required for proper healing. No word on when the injury occurred.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his 60th goal of the season Saturday night in Winnipeg, a milestone the young center-man had never before reached. Number 60 came off of an assist from Martin St. Louis and Brian Lee in the third period of Tampa Bay's overtime win.
Analysis: The 2011-12 campaign was obviously Steven Stamkos' most productive year to date, and given that the native of Ontario has not missed a regular season contest since his rookie campaign, he deserves consideration for fantasy's first overall pick in 2012-13.
News:Steven Stamkos scored twice in the third period of Monday's 4-2 win over Washington, including an empty-netter. The two goals give him eight goals in the last six games.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos is finishing the season on a tear, and, given the fact that his final three opponents are Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, it is all but assured that he will crack 60 goals for the first time in his career. Stamkos is making a clear case for the first overall pick next season with his prolific scoring, the one factor of his play that puts him above Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin.
News: The NHL's leading goal scorer sniped Winnipeg net-minder Ondrej Pavelec 45 seconds into Saturday night's overtime period, securing a win for Tampa Bay over the Jets. Steven Stamkos also registered seven shots on net in the victory.
Analysis: Only that Malkin guy in Pittsburgh has made for a more rewarding fantasy weapon this season. Start Steven Stamkos without fear.
News:Steven Stamkos scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Islanders.
Analysis: This is a great outburst -- he'd gone four games without a point. He now has 52 goals and has created a little bit of breathing space atop the goal-scoring list. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos was held without a shot in Monday's loss to Buffalo. He also failed to register a point.
Analysis: They had him draped in what seemed to be a wet horsehair blanket -- he could get no space on the ice to pull off anything. He's now gone three games without a point and that's his longest drought of the season. A rebound should be coming, probably as early as Thursday against Edmonton.
News:Steven Stamkos became the first to score 50 goals this season when he potted two goals in a 6-1 win over Boston on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Wow -- he's 12 goals ahead of Evgeni Malkin, who sits second in the goal race, and 16 ahead of the three-way tie for third. Stammer's once again tied with Malkin for the league lead in points with 84. We're pretty sure valuable is spelled S-T-A-M-K-O-S. Apply liberally to your fantasy roster and then just sit back and enjoy.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 48th goal in Tuesday's loss to Ottawa.
Analysis: He has a five-game point streak (eight points) and and a four-game goal streak (five goals). He's now tied with Evgeni Malkin for the league lead in points with 81. And if he gets his team to the playoffs, he could win the Art Ross, Rocket Richard and Hart. Triple wow.
News:Steven Stamkos scored twice, including the game-winner while on the power play, in Saturday's OT win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: He now has 47 goals this season and has been instrumental in the Bolts' unlikely surge toward the playoffs. He entered the game one point behind Evgeni Malkin for the NHL scoring lead and he's on a four-game, seven-point (four goals, three assists) streak. Stammer for the Hart if the Bolts make the postseason. Impressive.
News:Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's OT win over the Rangers. The goal was a league-leading 45th.
Analysis: He has a three-game point streak (two goals, three assists) and 78 points on the season, which is one point off the league lead that's held by Evgeni Malkin. He's one of the best.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his 44th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over Montreal.
Analysis: His career high is 51, a mark it's pretty clear he'll eclipse. And he's now just two points off the NHL lead. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos moved within three points of the NHL scoring lead with two assists in Sunday's win over New Jersey. He now as 75 points on the season.
Analysis: He's creeping up on Evgeni Malkin, who has 78 points, but Malkin is stalking him on the goal leader chart -- the big Penguin has 37 while Stammer has 43. The Art Ross and Rocket Richard trophies could both come down right to the last few games of the season.
News:Steven Stamkos scored a goal and assisted on two more in Thursday's wild third-period comeback attempt against the Jets, but the Lightning fell short, 4-3.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos has been white-hot of late, as he has consecutive three-point games, 11 points in his last four and 21 points in his last 12. Enjoy the ride.
News:Steven Stamkos scored two goals and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Ducks. He now has 70 points on the season.
Analysis: He's white-hot right now. He has five goals and two assists in the last three games and 18 points in his last 11. Oh ya -- the goals give him 42 on the season, nine more than his closest competitor. We don't need to tell you what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his 40th goal of the season on a breakaway to deliver the win over the Capitals on Saturday.
Analysis: Holy snipes -- this guy has hit 40 goals for three straight seasons and has 159 goals and 299 points in his first 301 games. He's on pace to score a career high 56 goals this season and is the only player on pace to even break 50. Fantasy gold? Nope -- he's platinum all the way.
Stamkos Scores League-Leading 37th Goal In Bolts' Win
News:Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 37th the goal Saturday against the Sabres. It stood as the game winner and he also added an assist in a 2-1 win.
Analysis: See Steven score. Score Steven score. He's on a four-game goal streak (four goals) and a six-game point streak (five goals, five assists), and he's been held off the score sheet just three times in 20 games since Christmas (17 goals, eight assists). Looks like he's looking for a Rocket Richard trophy and a Cy Young.
News:Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist in an OT loss to the Rangers on Thursday night. The goal came on the power play.
Analysis: It's his first PPG in 10 games and just his second in 16 but he is on a five-game scoring streak (four goals, four assists) and leads the NHL with 36 goals. He has just seven PPG on the season after notching 24 and 17 in the last two seasons, respectively. His game is clearly growing but we'd love to see a bit more action with the man advantage.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 35th goal in a 3-1 loss to the Kings on Tuesday night.
Analysis: He has a four-game, six-point (three and three) streak on the go. He's on pace to score 55 this season. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos has maintained a point-per-game pace since Jan. 17, the day the Lightning shifted linemate Marty St. Louis to another line.
Analysis: The move was made to support Vinny Lecavalier whose best scoring days came with the pint-sized winger; it has worked with that duo producing 23 points since their reunion. Steven Stamkos started slowly after St. Louis was moved but has now picked up the pace and has five of his seven points (two goals, three assists) in his last three games. Fingers crossed he can maintain his scoring touch without Mighty Mite.
News:Steven Stamkos' point streak stands at three games and five points after he scored a goal and added an assist against Florida on Saturday.
Analysis: The goal was his 34th; the assist gives him 57 points. Two different points illustrate his excellence. Early in the game, he gave up the puck behind the Panthers goal but was the first man back and broke up a scoring chance. And in the last minute of the game, he had an empty net in front of him but he passed it to Marty St. Louis so the winger could complete a hat trick. They don't come much better.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up his 55th point of the season when he tallied an assist in Thursday's OT loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Ho-hum ... Stammer just keeps ringing up the points. He's one of the league's best. And fantasy's, too.
News:Steven Stamkos scored the game-winning goal in overtime and added an assist in regulation in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Capitals.
Analysis: He has 33 goals and 54 points in 49 games and is the only player on pace for a 50-goal season. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos was crowned the winner of the Elimination Shootout at Saturday's All-Star Skills Competition.
Analysis: He outlasted John Tavares of the Isles and Jason Pominville of the Sabres. He went 3-for-3, beating Carey Price twice and then Tim Thomas.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 32nd goal in Saturday's win over the Coyotes.
Analysis: He's also tied for second in points (52) with Henrik Sedin and Marian Hossa. His scoring streak was snapped last game but this could be the start of yet another. Apply liberally and enjoy.
News:Steven Stamkos scored into an empty net Tuesday to bring his season total to 31.
Analysis: It doesn't matter how you get them because they all count. His point streak stands at five games and six points (three goals, three assists). You understand your duty; be sure you execute.
News:Steven Stamkos reached the 50-point mark for the season with an assist in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Penguins.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos leads the league in goals and he is second in points to Henrik Sedin. Clearly, Stamkos is an elite fantasy option. He has a chance to set a new career high in points (95 in 2009-10).
News:Steven Stamkos scored his league-leading 30th goal of the season in Friday's loss to the Capitals. It came on the power play.
Analysis: Only six of this 30 goals have come with the man advantage. Last season, he had six PPGs by Oct. 18 and finished with 17. But then again, last season the Bolts' power play was sixth-best in the league. This year, it's tied for second-worst. Steven Stamkos continues to show impressive gains in his play despite limited special-teams production. Those gains could be exponential if the team's power-play production picks up.
News:Steven Stamkos' assist Thursday night gives him helpers in three straight games, his longest assist streak of the season.
Analysis: He's a finisher, no doubt about it. But he proved last year that he could set the table well, too. This season, he's not dishing at the same rate as he was last year but his game is certainly more well-rounded than in the past. This elite talent just keeps getting stronger and stronger. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos will be the lone Lightning representative at the 2012 All-Star Game in Ottawa on Jan. 29.
Analysis: He leads the NHL in goals with 29 and is in a three-way tie for fourth on the overall scoring list with 47 points.
News:Steven Stamkos scored his 29th goal of the season and added an assist in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: Stammer has 13 goals in his last 12 games and is now five goals ahead of his nearest competitor on the NHL's goal list. And his 47 points now put him in a three-way tie for fourth on the overall scoring list. It is worth noting that his shooting percentage is well above his career average; we're not sure whether that's an outlier we need to be concerned about or a natural growth in his game.
Tampa's Stamkos: Eight Goals On Five-Game Goal Streak
News:Steven Stamkos sniped his league-leading 28th goal in Thursday's loss to Ottawa. He has scored eight times on his current five-game goal streak.
Analysis: Unfortunately, he was also minus-3 on the night but that's nit-picking. He turned the pilot light up to full roar in mid-December and has recorded 12 goals and three helpers in his last 10. He's on pace for close to 60 goals this season.
News:Steven Stamkos' goal streak now stands at four games and seven goals after he sniped his 27th of the season in a loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
Analysis: He's on fire right now -- he has 11 goals and three assists in his last nine games. There's little wonder he was named the star of the week. You know what to do.
News:Steven Stamkos potted a hat trick in Saturday's win over Carolina.
Analysis: Coach Guy Boucher has reunited Stammer with Marty St. Louis and Steve Downie, and the trio is on fire. Steven Stamkos now has six goals on his current three-game streak and 10 in his last eight games. Oh ya -- and 26 goals to lead the NHL.
News:Steven Stamkos woke up Friday morning in sole possession of the NHL goal-scoring lead after he picked up his 23rd of the season in Thursday's win over Montreal.
Analysis: He has seven in his last seven games and the Bolts are starting to play a whole lot better of late. Enjoy the ride.
News:Steven Stamkos scored two goals -- one on the power play and the other the game winner -- in Tuesday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: He now has 22 goals on the season for a share of the league lead.
News:Steven Stamkos was held without a point Friday night against the Avalanche. He was also completely dominated in the face-off circle, winning just three of 17 duels.
Analysis: He heads into the break with a two-game point drought with just four shots in those two outings. But his 17.6 percent winning percentage Friday night was gag-worthy, particularly for those of you with complex scoring categories. Hopefully it's just youth and not something more.
News:Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets. Stamkos has four goals over his last three games.
Analysis: After going two games without a point, Stammer has seven points over his last four games. The 21-year-old continues to be a solid fantasy play.
News:Steven Stamkos scored the overtime winner and added an assist Thursday against Calgary.
Analysis: With his three-point effort Monday, that gives Stammer five points in his last two games after he went two games in a row without finding his way onto the scoreboard.
News:Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist in Monday's 5-4 loss to New Jersey.
Analysis: The goals are his first in six games but enough to move him into a three-way tie for the league lead with Phil Kessel and Milan Michalek. And his 33 points put him into a three-way tie for fourth overall. He has stepped into Marty St. Louis' spot on the point on the power play and that produced one of his goals Monday. It's just his third there after potting 41 there over the last two years.
News:Steven Stamkos was held off the scoresheet for the second straight game in the Lightning's loss to the Flyers on Saturday night.
Analysis: He's without his playmaking mate, Marty St. Louis, who is out with a shattered face. Opponents will have an easier time keying on Stammer with Mighty Mite out. And the passes won't be as sweet as they are from his little friend. Watch for a slight slowdown in output -- not enough to worry but a little anyway.
News:Steven Stamkos stretched his point streak to eight games with an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Islanders. He was also plus-1 on the night.
Analysis: He has five goals and six assists in that span and 30 points on the season. His defensive play has also been very strong -- he's plus-8 on a team that is struggling right now. His all-around fantasy value just continues to grow.
News:Steven Stamkos snagged two assists in Monday's 4-2 loss to Ottawa, extending a points streak to seven games.
Analysis: The 21-year old has five goals and five assists over that span and remains a top option in all formats. Steven Stamkos has been highly active of late and all signs point to this production continuing.
News:Steven Stamkos stretched his point streak to six games with an assist in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: He has five goals and three helpers on the streak. He's creeping up the scoring list and now has 27 points in 25 games. His talent is undeniable. It's almost hard to believe he has delivered 259 points in his first 268 games. And he won't be 22 until February.
News:Steven Stamkos scored for the fourth-straight game in Wednesday's loss to Detroit, giving him five goals over that span.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos is catching fire and is also riding a five-game points streak for the Lightning. He buried a one-timer from the bottom of the circle after a slick pass from teammate Matt Gilroy. It's scary to realize Stamkos is still 21-years old with how poised and consistent he plays.
News:Steven Stamkos snagged the Lightning's lone goal in Monday's loss to Minnesota, giving him four goals in the last three games.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos is rounding into form as he continues to hunt down the irrepressible Phil Kessel, and he also has six points in the last four games. When Stamkos is playing with confidence, there are few in the league better than the fourth-year sniper.
News:Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist in Saturday's 5-1 victory over state rivals, the Panthers. His current point streak stands at three games.
Analysis: He's inching toward Phil Kessel atop the goal leader list -- his 14 are second-best right now. And he's certainly heating up. After potting three in his first five games, he has 21 in his last 17 outings. Roll him with confidence.
News:Steven Stamkos scored the game winner in Friday's OT win over Florida.
Analysis: It's just his second goal in the last seven games but it is his 21st point in as many games this season. The Bolts have won just twice in the last six outings but hopefully this is a step in the right direction.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up an assist in Tampa Bay's loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
Analysis: He's on pace to match his goal total from last year (45) but he's only rolling at a point-per-game pace. The Bolts are struggling and Stammer needs to do a whole lot more to help them right the ship.
News:Steven Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's 5-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Analysis: The goal is his 11nth and that moves him into a six-player tie for second on the NHL's goal scoring list. He has 18 points in 17 games.
News:Steven Stamkos had his three-game point streak snapped Saturday when he and his teammates were held off the scoresheet by the Blues.
Analysis: It's just the second time in 11 games that he hasn't found himself on the scoring list. His 16 points in as many games aren't nearly as strong as his start last year. But he's still an elite producer.
News:Steven Stamkos picked up a power-play assist in Wednesday's OT win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: He's riding a three-game, six-point scoring streak. It's good to see that he has a power-play point in each of those three games, too. Use with confidence.
News:Steven Stamkos moved into a tie for the league lead in goals when he scored his 10th goal of the season in Sunday's shootout win over the Panthers. He also added an assist.
Analysis: Nine of his goals have come in the last nine games; four have come in the last two. If we were to nitpick, we'd hope for more power-play goals. He has only one so far after potting 17 last season.
News:Steven Stamkos provided three goals Friday night in the 5-4 victory over Chicago in overtime.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos has been on fire to start the season scoring nine goals and adding four assists in 13 games for the Lightning. Averaging one point per game, Stamkos is a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
News:Steven Stamkos stretched his point streak to six games with an assist in Saturday's game.
Analysis: His 10 points in 11 games still put him two behind team leader Marc-Andre Bergeron. But he's picking up the pace and should deliver a lot more in the short (and long) term. Keep him going (like you'd even consider doing anything else).
News:Steven Stamkos scored his fourth goal of the season and third in four games in Tuesday's win over the Sabres.
Analysis: He is starting to warm up -- his point streak now stands at four games. But he has just one game (the first of the season) in which he's potted more than a single point. The big games -- and weeks -- will come.
News:Steven Stamkos' assist Saturday extended his point streak to three games.
Analysis: His start this season has been relatively cool (three goals, three assists in eight games) but his talent is undeniable. He'll go on a Stammer rip before long. Keep the faith.
News:Steven Stamkos snagged a goal Thursday against the Islanders after coach Guy Boucher shook up the team's top two lines.
Analysis: Boucher put Teddy Purcell and Ryan Malone with Stammer and moved Marty St. Louis and Brett Connolly with Vinny Lecavalier. The result? Both lines finally produced, tapping in three goals and seven total points. Steven Stamkos has seen his best career production alongside St. Louis so let's hope this is a temporary move.
News:Steven Stamkos snagged his second goal of the season, a power-play marker coming in Monday's loss to Florida.
Analysis:Steven Stamkos is slowly getting his scoring touch back, slamming home a tremendous pass from Matt Gilroy. One has to believe the scoring pace will pick up and his recommitment to improving his stamina in the offseason should ensure more balanced numbers. His talent is undeniable, just know the tallies will come.
News:Steven Stamkos was held off the scoresheet against Florida on Saturday and sits with just a single goal in five games.
Analysis: He had five goals by this point last season and 19 in his first 19 games. But he faltered in the second half last year and then struggled in the postseason. He spent the summer focused on ensuring his strength and stamina was high to prevent that kind of drop off again. His start may be slow but we think he'll be a lot more consistent in his output across the full season. Keep him going -- those goals will come.
News: The Capitals held Steven Stamkos in check Monday night. He registered four shots but got no points, and struggled in the face-off circle.
Analysis: He won just seven-of-16 draws for a painful 43.8 percent success rate. There are just going to be some nights like this -- watch for him to rebound Thursday against the Islanders.
News:Steven Stamkos started the season with a two-assist effort Friday night in a win over Carolina. One of the helpers came on the power play.
Analysis: He also earned the game's second star for his efforts. He worked hard this offseason after admitting that he didn't really keep his in-season training regimen going in the second half last year. We don't expect a slow down like we saw last year.
News:Steven Stamkos scored twice Thursday against the Canadiens.
Analysis: He earned the game's first star for his effort. He's the top center in the league right now and a top-two or three overall pick. Expect platinum numbers from him again this year.
Bolts' Stamkos Wants More Leadership Opportunities
News:Steven Stamkos has worn the alternate captain's "A" on his jersey twice this preseason.
Analysis: He says he's ready for more leadership opportunities to go along with his obvious offense. He may not get a permanent letter yet but it will be coming soon. And he could get another speedy little linemate in Ryan Shannon -- the trio of Stammer, Shannon and Marty St. Louis have been electric in the preseason.
News: The Lightning have agreed to terms with Stamkos on a five-year contract, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The deal is reportedly worth $37.5 over the five years, which a nice chunk of change for the Lightning's top sniper, plus it comes at a palatable $7.5 million cap hit for the team.
News: The Lightning continue to negotiate a new contract with Stamkos, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: "We are talking about things, and it's not just a simple contract," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. "This is an important player and in light of everything that has happened over the last week, and we are making progress. I expect to, and I'm optimistic we will get him signed and both parties are continuing to work towards that." Earlier this week, Sportsnet.ca reported that the Bolts offered the star sniper a five-year deal worth $37 million, but evidently the pen has yet to hit the paper.
News: A deal between Stamkos and the Lightning is close, according to a report on Sportsnet.ca.
Analysis: The discussions have apparently settled near the five years and $37 million, a contract that would put Stammer's cap hit at $7.4 million. A formal announcement could come soon.
News: Stamkos and his camp are apparently considering two contract options -- one long and one relatively short -- from the Lightning, according to Rogers Sportsnet's Daren Millard.
Analysis: The options -- a five-year deal worth around $7.5 per and a 15-year package that rivals Alexander Oveckkin's -- are both huge but Millard thinks Stammer is leaning toward the shorter one. That's a smart move for the savvy and skilled sniper who could demand even more money when that deal expires when he's in his mid-20s. Then again, a new collective bargaining agreement could lower the cap, too. A deal should come soon.
Tampa Bay's Stamkos Officially A Restricted Free Agent
News: Stamkos and the Lightning were unable to reach an agreement before noon on July 1, making Stamkos a restricted free agent, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: If Tampa Bay allows him to sign with another team, they'll receive that team's first-round pick in the next four drafts as compensation. But it's tough to believe anyone selected with those picks will produce 45 goals and 46 assists at 21 years old. Many sources expect the Lightning to come to an agreement soon, or at the very least match any offer, no matter how lucrative, made to its young star.
News: The Flyers have decided not to make an offer to Stamkos, CSNPhilly.com reports.
Analysis: Even though Philadelphia is expected to be in the market for a center, Stamkos, a restricted free agent, apparently will not be the guy. Said Flyers GM Paul Homgren, "We're excited about the additions we made and the direction we're going right now. We'll explore things tomorrow [when free agency begins] but a restricted free agency offer sheet is not the way we will go." The report also notes that Tampa Bay is prepared to match any offer it receives for Stamkos, giving the Flyers more reason to explore alternate options when free agency opens July 1.
Philly Set To Hand Bolts' Stamkos Big Offer Sheet?
News: Philadelphia may be poised to offer Stamkos a big pay day as a restricted free agent, according to a report on Toronto's FAN590.
Analysis: We already know the Bolts will match any offer but the Flyer interest doesn't surprise us. They have cap space now that they've moved Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, and Stamkos is a franchise guy. It would take a max offer but Tampa still has room to match; it would just limit their ability to sign UFAs early in the process.
News: The Lightning will match any other team's offer sheet on Stamkos, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
Analysis: It would be a shocker if Stamkos didn't end up with a huge (and long) deal to stay with the Lightning, but it will be interesting to see if any other organizations in good cap shape make a run to sign him, thus driving up his price.
News: The Lightning have extended a qualifying offer to Stamkos, ensuring the team holds onto his rights if the two sides do not reach a contract by Friday.
Analysis: It's a simple formality that keeps other teams from extending offer sheets to the new face of the franchise. The deal is forthcoming.
News: Stamkos has indicated that he is close to reaching a new contract with the Lightning, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Analysis: "I think it's close," Stamkos said of a new deal. "I don't think it's far off. As close as we are, it's not something I'm really worried about." The elite forward is eligible to become a restricted free agent July 1, but we suspect that GM Steve Yzerman will do all that he can to retain the services of Stamkos, who many consider to be the league's top skater. According to the report, it is believed that it will take roughly $7 million a season for the Bolts to keep him on board.
News: There has been no progress on a contract extension for Stamkos but Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is confident a deal will be done soon, reports the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: "...we are quite confident that Steven will be playing for the Lightning, and that's our goal and we haven't explored anything else and we don't intend to look at it any other way," said Yzerman on Friday. Stevie Y doesn't want Stamkos to reach the open market so a deal before the end of June is likely. But even if it doesn't get done, the Bolts have the cap space to match any offer sheet. Expect a deal soon.
News: Stamkos (face) has revealed he played through a nagging left shoulder injury suffered in the Pittsburgh series, reports Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: He denies it was a hindrance, not wanting to make excuses for his mediocre output. "I was a little banged up in the Pittsburgh series, but you know, it wasn't anything that I think really affected my play," Stamkos said. "When the game started, you're running on adrenalin and stuff and I felt pretty good for the most part. I feel like I got better and better as the playoffs went on." He did finish strong, scoring two goals and setting up five others in the last six games against Boston.
News: The Lightning will be working hard in the next 33 days to sign Stamkos (face) to a long-term contract extension. He's a restricted free agent on July 1.
Analysis: He has scored 13 more goals than any other NHLer -- Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby included -- since the start of 2009-10 and should be in line for a huge increase. Don't count on another team getting a chance to sign him to an offer sheet -- he'll be locked up long before the deadline.
News: Stamkos (face) returned to Friday's game sporting a large gash down the right side of his nose and a full cage. He took a slap shot in the face early in the second period.
Analysis: His nose is probably broken -- the gash is a couple inches long. But he's back and that's great news for the Bolts and his fantasy owners. And he only missed about five minutes of the period -- nice work from the trainers.
News: Stamkos took a slap shot to the face at the five minute mark of the second period of Friday's game and immediately bolted to the team's dressing room.
Analysis: Replays showed the puck deflected up and off Marty St. Louis' stick and it either hit Stammer right in the visor or just under. He grabbed his nose/mouth and area and skated off hard. No word on the needed repairs or when he'll return.
News: Stamkos scored a goal and added two assists in Wednesday's Game 6 win over Boston.
Analysis: It's his third three-point effort of the postseason but we'd love to see a bit more consistency -- he only has points in seven of the Bolts' 17 playoff games. He'll get there. Sometimes we forget he's just 21 years old.
Bolts' Stamkos Starting To Find His Playoff Groove
News: Stamkos may be finally finding his postseason groove. His three-point effort Tuesday in a loss to the Bruins was his best performance yet.
Analysis: He did have three points in an earlier blow-out of Pittsburgh but he seems to have found some of the seams he saw in the regular season. His best is yet to come.
News: Stamkos was named one of three finalists for the 2010-11 Ted Lindsay Award, presented annually to the NHL's outstanding player as voted by the league's players.
Analysis: He's up against Corey Perry of the Ducks and Daniel Sedin of the Canucks. He was a scoring machine early in the season but fell into a bit of tailspin in the second half, scoring just five times in his last 28 games.
Stamkos Scores His Third Of The Playoffs For Tampa
News: Stamkos scored a power play goal for Tampa during Friday's 4-2 win over Washington.
Analysis: Stamkos didn't have the best of series versus Pittsburgh and stumbled late in the season, but if he has regained his scoring touch, than Tampa will be an extremely tough out for the Caps.
News: Stamkos had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 8-2 romp over the Penguins.
Analysis: The Lightning staved off elimination with a huge offensive effort spurred by Stamkos, who bounced back nicely from his zero-shot effort in Wednesday's Game 4 loss.
News: Stamkos was held without a shot in Wednesday's double OT loss to the Penguins.
Analysis: He played more than 30 minutes and seemed to be fighting through more checks. But no shots? C'mon -- he has be better.
News: Stamkos did not participate in Wednesday's morning skate, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: There is nothing physically wrong with Stamkos, but save for an assist Monday, the star center has been shut down by the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. Still, it would be silly to bench one of the league's best in playoff pools, so practice your patience if you're getting impatient with Stamkos.
News: Stamkos picked up his first playoff point in Monday's loss to the Penguins. It was an assist on the power play.
Analysis: The Penguins plumbers have completely shut him down at even strength and he just hasn't been able to fight through. Maybe the monkey is off his back with this helper. Let's hope.
News: Stamkos' slow start to the playoffs saw him dropped to the third line in Game 2.
Analysis: Coach Guy Boucher moved him up and down the lines all night before settling Stamkos with the determined but significantly less-skilled Nate Thompson and Sean Bergenheim. He is pointless in the Bolts' first two games, a slump that he has continued from the last third of the season.
News: Stamkos potted his 45th goal of the season in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes. He snapped a five-game goal drought.
Analysis: It's just his sixth goal in his last 30 games, a slowdown that just cannot be carried into the playoffs if the Bolts want to move through several rounds.
News: Stamkos picked up his first point in four games when he snagged a power-play assist in a win over the Panthers on Friday night.
Analysis: He is sliding backwards into the postseason after a torrid first half. He has just four goals in his last 27 games and it's been a while since he was the Bolts' points leader or the league's goal leader. Opponents appear to have closed off his lanes and he just hasn't found new ways to score. It's just a minor blip in a very young career but it's not a great way to go into your first NHL playoff series.
News: Stamkos snapped his six-game goal drought Tuesday night. He scored one goal and added an assist.
Analysis: OK, the goal went into the empty net but a goal is a goal. Let's hope this is the start of something hot.
News: Stamkos is mired in a six-game goal drought and his recent slump has seen him passed by teammate Marty St. Louis for second in the NHL scoring race and by Anaheim's Corey Perry for first in the goals chase.
Analysis: "I'm just trying to find a way to have fun right now, it's not fun when you are not producing, it's not fun when the team is losing," Stamkos told the Tampa Tribune. "It's not a fun time of the year when you are playing like this." The Bolts have just three wins in the last 13 games but have a chance to clinch a playoff berth Tuesday against Ottawa. Stamkos has hit a lot of posts in the last few games so we think it's only a matter of time before he pots a couple of quick snipes. Keep the faith.
News: Stamkos was held without a point for the fifth straight game as Tampa Bay pocketed a road win against Carolina on Saturday night.
Analysis: A few weeks ago, he looked like a shoo-in for the team scoring championship. But this drought, combined with Martin St. Louis' recent white-hot scoring pace, now has Stamkos looking up in the team scoring columns for the first time in a long while.
News: Lighting coach Guy Boucher gave Stamkos the day off Thursday in an attempt to give the young center a chance to recharge his batteries and snap a serious goal-scoring slump, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: Stamkos is understandably frustrated with his current goal drought which has seen him score just three in his last 19 games. He's also minus-14 during the drought. This is the first real patch of adversity the young star has hit and he'll come through it eventually. Boucher will try to give him a few more days off between games before season's end to try to inject some spark back into his game.
News: Stamkos was held off the score sheet Tuesday in a loss to the Islanders. It's his third-straight game without a point.
Analysis: At this point, it seems like a stretch for him to hit the 50-goal mark. He's been scuffling with just six goals in his last 25 games. He's been picking up the helpers along the way but it'd be nice to see him return to his sniping ways.
News: Stamkos tallied two assists versus the Maple Leafs on Monday.
Analysis: Stamkos' goal pace may have slipped in the second half of the season, but he's still having an amazing year. He has 43 goals and 86 points through 70 games, and he has eight points in his last five games.
News: Stamkos picked up two power-play points -- a goal and an assist -- in Saturday's loss to Florida.
Analysis: He's riding a four-game point streak in which he has six points (two goals, four assists, four PPP). He's on pace to equal his goal output from last year (51) and top 100 points for the first time in his career. You know what to do.
News: Stamkos picked up a power-play helper in a loss to the Senators on Friday night.
Analysis: Like his linemate Marty St. Louis, he has a three-game point streak on the go. He's battling with Henrik Sedin for second place on the league's scoring list (Stammer has 82; Henrik has 81).
News: Stamkos picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's shootout win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis: The goal snapped a six-goal slump and is his second in his last 13 games. It looks like he's back; guess that slag by Bruce Boudreau on Monday has ignited the sniper.
News: Stamkos picked up a power-play assist Monday in a 2-1 shootout loss to Washington.
Analysis: It's his first point in five games; it came just hours after Caps' coach Bruce Boudreau told media he was tired of Stamkos being a diver. You think it was motivation for the young stud?
News: Stamkos wired a game-high eight shots in Saturday's loss to Montreal but he couldn't find twine. He now has just a single goal in his last 11 games.
Analysis: This slump is about to become a thing of the past. That shot total matched his season-best mark set in the second-game of the season. He's at his best when he ripping rubber.
News: Stamkos heads into Saturday's game against Montreal with 41 goals but just one in his last 10 games.
Analysis: He's gripping his stick a little too tightly of late and has managed just two shots in his last four games. Every sniper has his slumps; it's inevitable. He'll rebound and Saturday could be the day.
News: Stamkos was held off the score sheet by the Rangers on Sunday.
Analysis: No shots, no points and five of seven faceoffs lost -- just one of those games. No worries. He's still leading the league in goals and is one point back in the overall scoring chase.
Bolts' Stamkos: One Point Out Of League Scoring Lead
News: Stamkos snapped a five-game goal slump Wednesday when he potted the game-winner against the Coyotes.
Analysis: He's still delivering points -- he added an assist Wednesday and has nine points in his last seven outings. He's just one point out of the league scoring lead behind Daniel Sedin.
News: Stamkos received a maintenance day and did not practice Monday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: He'll play Wednesday when the Bolts are in action next, so don't be concerned about the day off for Stamkos on Monday. Hopefully the extra time to rest will help him find his scoring touch again since it's been five games since his last goal against St. Louis on Feb. 6.
News: Stamkos hasn't scored a goal in five games.
Analysis: He was held off the score sheet Saturday against the Panthers and while he hasn't picked up a goal in five, he does have three assists. His longest goal slump to date is six games, something he has experienced twice this season. He'll find twine again real soon; the best always do.
Lightning's Stamkos Nets 40th Goal, Adds Three Assists
News: Stamkos scored his 40th goal of the season Sunday against the Blues. He didn't stop there, however, adding three assists for good measure.
Analysis: You're starting Stamkos every time he takes the ice, right? If not, you are either playing with very strange rules or don't understand fantasy hockey.
News: Stamkos fired his 39th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: He remains in the top spot overall in the scoring chase and the goal list but that will only last as long as Sid the Kid remains on the sideline. Still, Stammer is having a brilliant season.
News: Stamkos scored his league-leading 38th goal Sunday against the Lightning.
Analysis: Sure, if Sidney Crosby hadn't gotten injured he may have left Stamkos in the dust, but the fact remains Stamkos is having a great season and looks primed to be a first-round draft pick for years to come.
News: Stamkos stretched his point streak to five games and nine points with an assist Friday night against Florida.
Analysis: His four-game, six-goal streak was snapped, though, but that's OK -- he now has 66 points and a share of NHL scoring lead.
News: Stamkos provided all of Tamps's offense in regulation Thursday in a shootout win over the Thrashers, scoring late in the first period and early in the third to bring his goal total to a league-leading 37.
Analysis: Oddly, Stamkos didn't get a shot in the shootout, but Dominic Moore won it in the fourth round for the Bolts anyway. He's endured a couple cold streaks this year, but right now Stamkos is back to being a killer, potting six goals in his last four games.
News: Stamkos scored two goals in regulation in Tuesday's shootout win over Columbus.
Analysis: One came on the PP; the other at even strength. He's now up to 35 goals and is now the league leader in that category. He's on a three-game goal streak (four goals); is there really any question what to do?
News: Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist Saturday against Carolina. He also picked up 16 minutes in penalties.
Analysis: It looks like that undisclosed injury is healed. He has two straight, two-point games and has 61 points on the season. But those PIMs were unexpected -- getting a misconduct will really boost that category for a guy. You know what to do.
News: Stamkos (undisclosed injury) scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength in Friday's loss to New Jersey.
Analysis: He is particularly productive against the Devils, tallying seven goals in 10 games. And his 32nd of the season snapped a six-game goal drought. He remains an excellent fantasy play but his torrid pace through October and November has indeed slowed in December and January. In fact, he has dipped below a point-per-game production, something we anticipated would happen. He's still a stud and 100 points are still a possibility. Roll him as usual but there may be others who outstrip his production over the second half. Just saying.
News: Stamkos, who does not have a goal in his past six games, has apparently been playing hurt, the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: "We never said it, but he was injured," coach Guy Boucher said Friday of Stamkos, who has also been dealing with a bout of the flu recently. When asked what his sniper's injury was, Boucher noted vaguely that it was a "some parts of the body injury." In any case, while admitting that he is a little dinged up, Stamkos indicated that what is ailing him is "nothing major, nothing that's going to keep (him) from playing a game."
News: Stamkos fired seven shots at the Capitals' net Wednesday night but failed to put up a point. He has just one point -- an assist -- in his last six games.
Analysis: Slumps are inevitable for young players no matter how good they are. Opposing teams seem to have figured out how to shut down his favorite one-timer; he'll adjust.
News: Stamkos has been named to the All-Star squad for the upcoming game in Raleigh.
Analysis: He's been one of the best in the NHL so the call is well deserved. He represented the Bolts in the 2008-09 NHL YoungStars Game but this is his first tap as a league All-Star. He has 31 goals and 57 points in 43 games this season.
News: Stamkos snapped a three-game point slump with an assist Saturday night.
Analysis: He'd gone 0-for-2011 until that helper. But he still has 57 points for second in the league. You know what to do.
News: Stamkos was held off the score sheet Wednesday against the Penguins. It's the third straight game where he's been held without a point.
Analysis: To top that off, he failed to register a shot on net, even on the penalty shot he was awarded -- he lost an edge and blew a tire before he got near the paint. The game was completely forgetable for the entire Lightning squad -- they were down a goal just seven seconds in and the final score was 8-1. Toss this one out.
News: Stamkos had two goals and two assists in Thursday's 4-1 win over Montreal. The goals stretched his goal-scoring streak to four games.
Analysis: He has five goals in those four games and 10 in his last 10. He won't get 50 in 50 (he has 31 in 38) but he could snipe 60 on the season. Nice. And if you get a chance, check out the highlights of his first goal; it came on a wicked spin-o-rama penalty shot. You'll love it.
News: Stamkos picked up a goal and an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins. He's on a three-game goal streak.
Analysis: He has three goals in his last three games and eight in his last nine. He now has 29 goals on the season and he's well on his way to crushing his Rocket Richard trophy total of 51 from last season. You know what to do.
News: Stamkos picked up a goal and an assist Sunday in an OT win over Atlanta.
Analysis: He's hit the 50-point mark in only 36 games, a pace that might see him top the 110-point mark this season. He's still a solid second in NHL scoring and he's only 20 years old. He's simply outstanding.
News: Stamkos notched his 27th goal of the season in Thursday's win over the Rangers. He has six goals in his last seven games.
Analysis: Prior to this run, he had just two goals in his previous nine games. It's nearly impossible for him to dominate the way he did through mid-November. But he is still a stud who currently sits second in league scoring.
News: Stamkos scored his 26th goal this season and the 100th of his career in Monday's win over Carolina.
Analysis: It took him just 194 games to hit the century mark. He's back to his sniping ways and has five goals in his last five games and 26 in 33 games. He sits second in league scoring and has emerged as a fantasy stud.
News: Stamkos scored a goal and picked up an assist in Saturday's win over the Sabres.
Analysis: It's his 25th goal and 46th point in just 32 games. The talk of 50 goals in 50 games has gone quiet but the kid is still on pace for close to 120 points. Sweet.
News: Stamkos' second goal of the night was the game-winner as Tampa Bay stole two points in Vancouver on Saturday. He added an assist in the 5-4 overtime win.
Analysis: Really, now; you don't need our advice on whether to start the second-leading scorer in the league, do you?
News: Stamkos found the back of the net in Friday's 4-3 shootout loss in Edmonton.
Analysis: Stamkos has struggled lately finding offensive success, but the kid is too talented to let that happen too long. It's possible that this goal starts off another massive streak - safe bet!
News: Entering play Tuesday against Calgary, Stamkos has just two assists in his last five games after getting 11 goals and seven assists in the previous 10.
Analysis: He still leads the Bolts with 21 goals and 40 points overall, but his pace has slowed significantly. This doesn't really come as a surprise -- teams have started to figure out how to shut him down a little. He'll be back with a vengeance soon but his assault on the 50 goals in 50 games club is starting to slip away.
News: Stamkos was held off the scoresheet in a 6-5 win over the Avalanche on Saturday night.
Analysis: It's just the first time this season that he's been held off the score sheet in two straight games. But he has now gone five without a goal. He'll fire up again; no worries.
News: After going minus-two without a point in Thursday's loss to the Bruins, Stamkos now has no goals, two assists and a minus-two rating over his last four games.
Analysis: What, you thought he was gonna score a goal per game? Stamkos is still an elite player, but Sidney Crosby has overtaken him for the scoring lead and not looked back. Stamkos wasn't about to go off and score 140 points... we think.
News: Stamkos was quiet most of Tuesday's game until he set up the game-tying goal with nine seconds left. The Lightning beat the Leafs 4-3 in overtime.
Analysis: He has 40 points but he has now gone three games without a goal. It's his longest streak this season without tickling the twine. That won't last long.
News: Stamkos scored a goal and added two assists in Wednesday's win over the Rangers. Both helpers came on the power play.
Analysis: Ho-hum -- another game, another goal. He hasn't really let up all season long and now has 21 goals and 38 points in 22 games. You know what to do.
News: Stamkos got his NHL-leading 20th goal of the season in Monday's win over Boston.
Analysis: He has a point in 18 of 21 games and 10 goals and 16 points over his past nine games. He's the sizzle and the steak.
News: Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman compares Stamkos to two former greats -- Mike Bossy and Guy Lafleur, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: The 50-in-50 (goals in games) watch is on and everyone is getting their two cents in. In this case, we'd all be wise to sit and take notice; Bowman is an outstanding (and accurate) assessor of talent. "They were the two players who caught my eye the way Stamkos plays," Bowman said. "Bossy could put the puck in the net and thread the needle, and so could Lafleur. That's the way Stamkos is." Wow!
News: Stamkos had his seven-game point streak snapped Saturday night when he failed to register a point in a 2-1 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: It's just the third game in 20 that he hasn't registered a point. But he did get a minor penalty for those of you in sin-bin leagues.
News: Stamkos lost an assist from Thursday's game following a review by the official scorer, reports the St. Petersburg Times. It gives him 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points.
Analysis: There were several scoring changes following Thursday's wild 8-7 game but this was the most significant.
News: Stamkos was named the game's first star Thursday for his three-goal, two-assist effort to help lift the Lighting over the Flyers.
Analysis: The 20-year-old leads the NHL with 19 goals and 35 points. And he's on a seven-game point streak in which he has tallied nine goals and six helpers. You know what to do.
News: Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 16th goal and added an assist in Wednesday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: His goal was on the power play, a place where he leads the league with eight markers. One word: stud.
News: Stamkos tallied a power-play helper in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: He's on a five-game point streak (five goals, three assists) but his goal streak was snapped at four games. He's now among the league's elite and sits between Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby on the top of the scoring list.
News: Stamkos extended his goal streak to four games with a power-play goal in Tampa's 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Analysis: He has five goals in those four games and 15 in 16 games on the season. It's unlikely he'll be able to continue his near goal-a-game pace but he's looking great so far. Fifty is almost a certainty; 60 or 65 isn't out of the question.
News: Stamkos scored his 14th goal of the season in Thursday's loss to the Capitals. He also added an assist.
Analysis: He leads the league in points (26) and goals (14), and has quickly become part of the elite three in the NHL. Stammer has been held off the score sheet just twice in 15 games this season.
News: Stamkos scored twice Tuesday in a win over Toronto. One of the goals game on the power play.
Analysis: The PPG was the game-winner and the second pushed his league-leading total to 13 goals on the season. He's played just 14 games on the season and while he'll eventually slow down, it doesn't look like it's happening soon. You know what to do.
News: San Jose coach Todd McLellan had high praise for Stamkos after Saturday's game, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: "He's one of the dominant, if not the dominant goal scorer in the league," said McLellan. That's certainly heady praise when the likes of Alexander Ovechkin toil in the league. Stamkos' fantasy value has only continued to rise -- is he now part of the big three in the NHL?
News: Stamkos padded his league-leading offensive statistics with an assist and a power-play goal in Tampa Bay's loss at San Jose on Saturday night. His 22 points (1G, 11A) are three clear of second-place scorer Sidney Crosby.
Analysis: This is how impressive the kid's numbers are: (1) He already has six multi-point games this season, including three three-pointers and one four-pointer. (2) Tampa Bay's +/- column is covered with red numbers, but Stamkos has posted a team-leading plus-7. Last year's breakout performance was no fluke; this is one of the best talents in the league.
News: Stamkos tallied his 10th of the season in a 3-2 overtime win Wednesday in Anaheim.
Analysis: The third-year player is showing that his tremendous sophomore season wasn't a fluke and just keeps rolling offensively. He leads the league with 20 points, and is now tied with Patrick Sharp for the scoring lead with three-less games played. He has been a tremendous investment for fantasy owners.
News: Stamkos padded his already-gaudy statistics Saturday with another goal as Tampa Bay beat Phoenix, 3-0. He has at least one point in nine of the Lightning's 10 games this season.
Analysis: The tally raises his October point total to 19 (9G, 10A), with seven of those points coming on the power play. You should ride this awhile longer, and then see if you can dangle him in trade as the season wears on.
News: Stamkos' three assists on Wednesday stretched his point streak to five games and 12 points.
Analysis: He has an incredible 18 points, including eight goals, in the first nine games of the season. There's no slowing down for Stammer right now. But bear in mind there's little chance he'll continue on his current 164-point pace so there will come a point when you'll be able to leverage him in a high-stakes trade in single-year leagues. Not right now but don't lose sight of the possibility.
News: Stamkos was named the NHL's third star for the week ending Sunday.
Analysis: He was his usual outstanding self and had four goals and five assists. We checked Wikipedia and found his picture listed for stallion -- yep, he's a stud.
News: The Lightning got a scare Sunday night when Stamkos was shaken up when he was checked into the end boards by the Predators' Martin Erat. He was shaken up but returned to the game later, reports the Associated Press.
Analysis: He spent about 40 minutes with the trainer after the game and proclaimed himself to be fine. "I don't think he meant to do it," Stamkos said. "I was off balance he gives me a little nudge. Quick play. Things like that happen." He had an assist in the game, giving him five assists and nine points on his current four-game point streak.
News: Stamkos scored three goals and added an assist in Friday's 5-2 win over Atlanta. It's his second career hat trick.
Analysis: He has eight goals and six assists in just seven games so far this season and is elevating his game even faster than we ever anticipated. He can't possibly continue at a two-point-per game pace. But even going forward at a point-per-game pace from now on will earn him 89 points this season. Wow.
News: Stamkos had a goal and two assists in Monday's win over Dallas. He also had two minor penalties.
Analysis: He now sits right near the top of the heap of NHL scorers with nine points in five games; you know exactly what to do.
News: Stamkos stretched his goal streak to three games with a marker in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Analysis: He has four goals and six points in those three games and may challenge the 50-100 marks this season. One word: stud.
News: Stamkos sniped a power-play goal and added a regulation assist in Tampa Bay's OT win over Montreal on Wednesday night.
Analysis: He had a whopping eight shots on net and now has five points in his first two games. You know what to do.
News: Stamkos had two goals and an assist to lead the Lightning to a 5-3 opening night win over the Thrashers on Saturday night.
Analysis: This guy has hands of gold -- both goals were tip-ins. He has picked up right where he left off; the Rocket Richard trophy could be his again.
News: Stamkos may lose linemate Marty St. Louis at some point this season, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: New coach Guy Boucher wants to see what St. Louis can do with Vinny Lecavalier but the move may not be permanent. Stammer's chemistry with St. Louis is palpable, though, so the little one may move back and forth between centermen. Stamkos is the kind of player who elevates those around him so we're confident he'll get his goals. But there could be a small dip in his even-strength production without Mighty Mite. Watch the situation in camp.
News: Scoring into an empty net didn't make Steven Stamkos' 51st goal any less fulfilling. Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay also scored, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers, 3-1, Sunday. Stamkos chased down a loose puck and got an empty-netter with 13 seconds left to tie Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the league lead and share a piece of the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy. "That's probably the fastest I've skated all year," Stamkos said. "After all the posts I've had, sometimes you get one like that. It's nice either way. I'll take it. I guess it was meant to be, to get that one in the empty net." Crosby scored twice in the Penguins' win over the New York Islanders. Washington's Alex Ovechkin remained at 50 after he was held scoreless in the Capitals' loss to Boston. "It's pretty surreal," Stamkos said. "To do it my second year in the league and to share it with players like Crosby is pretty special and with a guy like Ovechkin in the mix is pretty special because he's such a dominant scorer."
Analysis: After Stamkos scored the Lightning bench erupted. "The whole bench was up," Lightning coach Rick Tocchet said. "It looked like he was shot out of a cannon [on the play]. He was just flying. There's so many names on that trophy. It's pretty impressive." At 20 years, 2 months and 3 days, Stamkos is the third-youngest player to reach 50 goals in a season. Only Wayne Gretzky (19 years, 2 months) and Jimmy Carson (19 years, 8 months) were younger when they had a 50-goal season. Stamkos, the No. overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, is the 88th player to reach the mark. We pegged Stamkos as a breakout Fantasy player in 2009-10 and he didn't disappoint. With the 51 goals and 95 points in 82 games, Stamkos pushed into the elite and should be a first-round Fantasy pick on Draft Day 2010. He is the real deal.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos was held without a goal or an assist in Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday. It was the third straight game in which he failed to register a point. He finished with one blocked shot and won four out of seven faceoffs.
Analysis: Stamkos has cooled off lately. Tuesday was his third consecutive game without a point, after registering one in 18 straight. However, he should snap out of this slump, and remains a must-start Fantasy option in all formats.
News: The St. Pete Times reports that Lightning C Steven Stamkos (lower back contusion) thinks he will be ready to play Tuesday against the Coyotes. "I think I'll be good to go tomorrow," he said Monday.
Analysis: Stamkos didn't leave Sunday's game after taking a hard check from Brooks Orpik in the opening minute, but the hit clearly left its mark. Stamkos has put together a memorable 2009-10 season and has cemented himself as a must-start Fantasy option in all formats. Consider him a low-risk start for Fantasy Week 22 (March 15-21).
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assists in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Thrashers. He now has 14 goals and 14 assists during a 16-game point streak and has scored in five straight games.
Analysis: What more can be said about Stamkos? With 40 goals and 36 assists, he's having a ridiculous season, and it wasn't for a rough patch in the first half of December, Stamkos might be battling for the NHL points lead. Continue to roll with him in all Fantasy formats.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored both of Tampa Bay's goals in Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Flyers. He now has 72 points on the season and a 14-game point streak, during which he's managed 12 goals and 13 assists.
Analysis: Stamkos has been on fire pretty much since mid-December and is now tied for sixth in scoring. He is clearly going to be a force for years to come in the NHL and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: C Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist as the Lightning took a 2-0 lead in the first period on Sunday against the Rangers. Steven Stamkos opened the scoring with a power-play tally at 15:33. Less than two minutes later he setup a goal by Steve Downie. Stamkos extended his point streak to 13 games. He has 10 goals and 13 assists in that span.
Analysis: Stamkos had a little four-game scoring slump in mid-January, but that is about the only time he hasn't kept his pedal to the metal in 2010. Stamkos has 33 points in 21 games since the calendar year turned in January. The 2008 No. 1 pick has already reached the upper echelon of Fantasy.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored and assisted in Saturday's loss to the Islanders, extending his point streak to 12 games (9G, 12A).
Analysis: Stamkos has bounced back in style from a rough December, and is making Team Canada management regret taking him to the Olympics. He's one of the brightest young stars in the NHL and an elite Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos continues to impress in his sophomore campaign. With a career-high three assists against Boston on Thursday, the 20-year-old increased his scoring streak to 11 games, tied for the fourth longest streak in the league this season. Stamkos has eight goals and 11 assists in the 11 games.
Analysis: Stamkos has racked up 12 goals and 29 points in his last 19 games. That production right there puts him among the elite players in the NHL. We had a hunch that Stamkos was going to have a breakout campaign in 2009-10 and he has done just that. Keep Stamkos active in all Fantasy formats.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos, who has been mentioned as a possible injury replacement for Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf (ankle) at the Olympics, scored and assisted in Tuesday's win over the Canucks. He extended his point streak to 10 games (8G, 7A).
Analysis: Stamkos is living up to all expectations in his sophomore season, and you have to think Steve Yzerman is seriously considering bringing the youngster to Vancouver if Getzlaf isn't healthy. Stamkos remains a must-start Fantasy option in all formats.
News: Lightning C Steve Stamkos scored his 32nd goal of the season Saturday in a win over the Flames. He now has seven goals and 14 points during a nine-game point streak.
Analysis: In 2009-10, Stamkos is emerging as the NHL superstar we all knew he could be and is helping keep the Lightning in the thick of the playoff race. He remains a must-start Fantasy option in all formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season on Thursday against the Islanders to pass the 30-goal plateau before his 20th birthday. He now has six goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak.
Analysis: Since Feb. 17 of last season, Stamkos has the third-most goals in the NHL with 47, two behind Sidney Crosby and four behind Alex Ovechkin. He has had a few slumps in 2009-10, but Stamkos has been pretty steady for the most part and has emerged as a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Tampa Bay C Steven Stamkos recorded a goal and an assist on Sunday but the Lightning still fell to Washington, 3-2. Stamkos scored his 29th goal of the season on a power play in the third period to tie the score before Alex Ovechkin won it for the Caps. Stamkos assisted on Martin St. Louis' goal earlier in the third.
Analysis: Stamkos has been ridiculously hot in January with points scored in six straight and in 11 of the 14 games he played during the first month of 2010. He's playing like a must-start Fantasy option so you should use him as such right now.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos made it three straight games with a goal when he lit the lamp for the 28th time this season in Wednesday's win over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Stamkos has 53 points this season, which already eclipses the 46 he put up in his rookie campaign. He has been a better offensive option than elite Fantasy teammates Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis this season and remains a must-start option in all Fantasy formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos notched his 27th goal of the season, 10th on the power play, on Saturday against Atlanta. The goal was the 50th of his career, before he turns 20-year-old. Stamkos is one of three other active players to score 50 career goals before turning 20 -- Sidney Crosby, Ilya Kovalchuk and Rick Nash.
Analysis: Stamkos joined some pretty elite company after scoring his 50th goal Saturday. At the beginning of last season it looked as though it would take Stamkos a while to get to 50 goals, but he has been on a tear since late last season and hasn't stopped in 2009-10. Stamkos remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored a goal, tallied two assists and finished at plus-1 on Thursday against the Maple Leafs. Tampa Bay tied it at 1 when Stamkos scored his 26th goal this season with 8:14 left in the second. He has five goals and 14 points in 10 January games.
Analysis: A lot of folks were ready to jump off the Stamkos' bandwagon after he finished with only eight points in December. But his recent run in January should put to bed any worries. Stamkos has been one of the NHL's best players since late last season, and he remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: C Steven Stamkos had a pair of power-play goals as the Lightning took a 4-1 first-period lead on Tuesday against the Capitals. Stamkos, who also had an assist, has seven points during a four-game point streak.
Analysis: With 25 goals -- including nine on the power play -- and 47 points in 45 games this season, the top pick in the 2008 draft has already surpassed his rookie totals. In fact, he is playing as well as some of hockey's elite skaters. Stamkos has taken his play to superstar level in 2009-10 and has become a high-end Fantasy option.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored twice, added an assist and finished at plus-2 during Sunday's game against the Devils. Stamkos pushed a pass to Martin St. Louis and then took a return pass for a shot into a wide-open net to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead. Stamkos scored again 9:45 into the third for his 24th goal. He hadn't scored in his previous seven games, but Stamkos had six assists in that span.
Analysis: Stamkos has been putting points on the board regularly after struggling for the first few weeks of December. He is now only three points away from setting a new career high after posting 46 points in 79 games as a rookie. Stamkos has taken his play to superstar level in 2009-10 and has become a high-end Fantasy option.
News: The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to have to wait a little longer to end their 10-game losing streak against the New Jersey Devils. How long? Nobody really knows after the Devils-Lightning game was suspended Friday night when a lighting problem on one side of the arena could not be fixed. The teams waited almost two hours before the league decided to suspend the game with the Lightning leading 3-0 with 9:12 left in the period. "We felt the teams could not continue playing," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations. "We tried for an hour and 52 minutes to restore power and appropriate lighting, but were left with no alternative but to postpone further play for the evening." The game will resume at the point where play was stopped. Lightning coach Rick Tocchet wanted the game to resume Sunday, provided the building was available. "I think we got a five-minute power play, too," Tocchet quipped. Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said a circuit breaker at three-year-old Prudential Center went down during the second period. The teams went to their locker rooms after initially waiting about 10 minutes for the lights to come back on. Lamoriello said arena personnel turned up the LED lights on the scoreboard to provide more light, but there were too many shadows for play to continue. "Safety has to come first," said Lamoriello, who said he was in constant contact with the league during the problem.
Analysis: The teams could not afford to wait much longer for a decision on Friday, as the Devils play in Montreal and the Lightning are in Philadelphia on Saturday night. The last time an NHL game was postponed was on Nov. 22, 2005, when Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer had a seizure on the bench in the first period of a game against the Nashville Predators. Doctors had to perform CPR on Fischer. Steve Downie, Brandon Bochenski and Steven Stamkos scored for Tampa Bay, which had won five of its last seven games. Kurtis Foster had a pair of assists, while Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone and Martin St. Louis all had one assist. Mike Smith had 20 saves while working on a shutout. His counterpart, Martin Brodeur, wasn't having as good a night having made only four saves. Not knowing when this game will be continued makes for a tough situation in Fantasy. As soon as we know more about the makeup date, we will let you know what happens with the scoring in Fantasy.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored twice and finished at plus-2 on Friday against the Blues. Stamkos' 19th of the season 36 seconds into the second period, a one-timer from the left circle, made it 2-1. Stamkos added an empty-netter with 58 seconds to play to finish off a 6-3 win. He has three goals in his last three games after going eight games without a score.
Analysis: We figured Stamkos was bound to break out of his mini-slump and he has. He was struggling as Tampa Bay started December off on a low note. But he has developed into such a good scorer since the last half of the 2008-09 season, we figured Stamkos was bound to get hot again. Stamkos has emerged as a must-start Fantasy option through thick and thin.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored his first goal in nine games with a first-period marker against Nashville on Tuesday, his 18th goal of the season. Before the eight-game drought, Stamkos hadn't gone more than two games without a goal all season.
Analysis: Stamkos really needed a score on Tuesday since on top of the slump he was also battling a minor injury. With the goal, perhaps he can refocus and get back on track. Despite the slump, Stamkos has emerged as a must-start Fantasy option through thick and thin.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos was able to play on Friday against the Avalanche despite suffering an upper-body injury on Wednesday against the Oilers. He failed to record a point in 17 minutes and finished at minus-1. He hasn't scored in seven games and has only one point in that span.
Analysis: It's tough to see Stamkos going through a slump, but the good news is that Fantasy owners don't have to remove the talented second-year forward from lineups. Tampa Bay initially thought the 2008 No. 1 pick did some serious damage, but his tests came back negative and he didn't even need to sit out a game. Stamkos, who leads Tampa with 17 goals, is a up-and-coming star and already a solid Fantasy start.
News: Tampa Bay's top goal scorers, center Steven Stamkos and left wing Ryan Malone, are day to day after being injured in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton. Stamkos has a team-best 17 goals, but may miss the game against the Avalanche on Friday. He had X-rays on an upper body injury.
Analysis: Stamkos has no goals and one assist in his last six games. This injury just adds insult to Stamkos' recent slump. However, the good news is that he isn't expected to head to IR, so Fantasy owners just need to keep tabs on his status leading up to Week 11 (Dec. 14-20). Stamkos has been pretty durable in his young career, so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back. He is a viable Fantasy start when healthy.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos left Wednesday's game against the Oilers with an upper-body injury. He had no points in 7:48 of ice time and finished at minus-1. Stamkos has no goals and one assist in his last six games.
Analysis: This injury just adds insult to Stamkos' recent slump. However, he still leads Tampa with 17 goals and has become a breakout Fantasy star in 2009-10. Stamkos has been pretty durable in his young career, so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back. He is a viable Fantasy start when healthy.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored a goal and finished at minus-1 during Saturday's game against the Stars. Stamkos scored his 17th of the season on the power play at 15:06. He has scored four times in his last six games.
Analysis: Move over Vincent Lecavalier, the Lightning have a new sheriff and his name is Steven Stamkos. The 2008 No. 1 pick is outplaying the veteran Lecavalier and has definitely become Tampa's top offensive weapon. Stamkos has emerged as a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Saturday's OT victory over the Thrashers.
Analysis: Stamkos has only failed to point in four games this season and remains a must-start Fantasy option in all formats.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos tallied his 14th goal of the season Thursday in an OT loss to the Ducks. He is now tied for third in the goal standings.
Analysis: Stamkos is trying very hard to make it impossible for Canada to leave him off their Olympic team in this, his sophomore season. He has emerged as a must-start Fantasy option in all formats in 2009-10.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos was in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Wild despite jamming his wrist during practice on Tuesday. Aside from tallying a shootout goal, Stamkos had a regulation score and added an assist in 23:52 of ice time. He also finished at plus-1. Stamkos recorded his 13th goal during a short-handed situation in the second period.
Analysis: Fantasy owners have to be pleased with Stamkos' effort in the early season. He has really taken his game to the next level and has emerged as an elite Fantasy option. We owe a lot of praise to coach Rick Tocchet, who took the time to work with Stamkos as a rookie in 2008-09. All that hard work is finally paying off. Start Stamkos in all Fantasy formats.
News: The St. Pete Times reports that Lightning C Steven Stamkos jammed his left wrist at practice on Tuesday. He practiced on Wednesday, but not for the entirety. Stamkos should be OK for Thursday's game vs. Minnesota.
Analysis: Stamkos, the first pick in the 2008 NHL draft, is just in his second NHL season but is already emerging among the elite NHL scorers. He has 16 points in his first 12 games in 2009-10 and is worth starting in all Fantasy formats.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored in a sixth straight game during a Monday loss to the Flyers. Stamkos scored the first goal for Tampa Bay (4-4-4), capitalizing on a Danny Syvret turnover. He has 11 goals on the season and eight in his last six games.
Analysis: Stamkos, the first pick in the 2008 NHL draft, is just in his second NHL season but is already emerging among the elite NHL scorers. He has 16 points in his first 12 games in 2009-10 and is worth starting in all Fantasy formats.
News:Steven Stamkos is fast becoming an elite NHL player. Stamkos had two power-play goals and an assist to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Thursday. "He's emerging as a leader," Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said about Stamkos, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft. "I'm not going to put too much pressure on him. For a 19-year old, a pretty good player." Stamkos opened the scoring at 7:20 of the first when his redirection of Vincent Lecavalier's shot went into the net off Ottawa defenseman Filip Kuba. The second-year center gave the Lightning a 4-0 lead at 7:09 of the third from the low right circle after a nifty stickhandling move. "He's a gifted goal scorer," Alex Tanguay said. "It's fun to watch, for sure."
Analysis: Stamkos has nine goals in 10 games this season. He had 23 goals during his rookie year last season. "I'm feeling really confident on the ice," Stamkos said. "Feeling better than it was last year. I want to be out there touching the puck and making some plays. It's working so far and I just want keep it up." Stamkos has seven goals and three assists during a six-game point streak. He hasn't cooled off since his second-half run in 2008-09 and has reached the upper echelon of Fantasy options.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored twice in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Stamkos is already at 10 points this season, a mark it took him 23 games to reach in his rookie campaign. Stamkos is clearly not going to fall victim to the sophomore slump, so keep him active in the majority of formats.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored a goal and tallied an assist during Monday's game against the Panthers. Stamkos tied the game at 1 with his third goal this season, coming on a power play with 1:28 left in the first.
Analysis: Stamkos is up to six points in five games. He has pretty much picked up where he left off at the end of last season. Stamkos is finally showing why he was taken No. 1 overall in 2008. It's time to consider Stamkos a reliable high-end Fantasy forward.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored his first two goals of the season in Thursday's loss to the Devils.
Analysis: Stamkos is centering the second line in Tampa right now, and has stud winder Martin St. Louis alongside him. He could be in for a very nice campaign, so keep him active in the majority of leagues.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos has spent the summer training with former teammate Gary Roberts, who is looking to start a business as a personal trainer for athletes. Under a program devised by Roberts, Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick last season, has added muscle to his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame.
Analysis: Conditioning was a primary issue for Stamkos when he began his NHL career in 2008-09. But once head coach Rick Tocchet got him on the right regimen, Stamkos finally lived up to the hype as the first overall pick in 2008. Stamkos finished last season with 27 points (17 goals) in his final 32 games. He looks to build off that in 2009-10, so consider Stamkos a candidate for a breakout season.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning rookie Steven Stamkos closed out his home season in style. The overall No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft was often criticized for his play early in the season, some calling for him to return to the junior ranks. Thursday, he broke the Lightning rookie record for goals in a season when he scored his 22nd of the year against Washington. "The way things started at the beginning, to say I accomplished that is pretty cool, especially in your first year, coming to an organization and you set a record," Stamkos said. "Then to be able to do it on home ice in front of the fans who have supported us through tough times this year ... (The record) will probably be something I look back on this summer and think more highly of it."
Analysis: After the first half of the season, just reaching the 20-goal mark looked like an insurmountable task. But with 18 goals and 30 points in the past 37 games, Stamkos has moved into the top five among rookies in points and goals. His nine power play goals are also tied for second among all rookies heading into Saturday's season finale in Atlanta. "You talk about a guy that had a terrible start -- can you imagine if he continues the way he's played the last two months and starts that way?" Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "When he's himself like the way he has been the past two months, that's when he's at his best." Stamkos' second-half surge is going to have Fantasy owners reaching for him Draft Day 2009, but with a bright future ahead, who is to say point-per-game potential isn't going to happen in 2009-10? Stamkos remains a solid long-term Fantasy keeper.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored for the third time in his last four games as Tampa fell to the Devils on Friday.
Analysis: Stamkos has really improved in the second half this season and will be a nice breakout contender for 2009-10. He looks like a legit NHL superstar and worth starting in the final weeks with as well as he played in March. Stamkos is also a must-own long-term keeper.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored his team's only goal during a 3-1 loss to the Bruins Tuesday. Stamkos whacked a rebound over Manny Fernandez with 7:53 left -- his 20th goal -- to spoil the Boston backup's shutout bid. Stamkos finishes March with eight goals and 15 points.
Analysis: It has been unreal how much better Stamkos has gotten since he upped his conditioning in January. He looks like a legit NHL superstar and worth starting in the final weeks with as well as he played in March. Stamkos is also a must-own long-term keeper.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored a goal during Friday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals. Stamkos brought Tampa within 3-2 when he wristed a shot past Jose Theodore 19:06 into the second. He has five goals in his last six games and 19 on the season.
Analysis: Stamkos is having his finest month as a pro with a career-high seven goals, seven assists and 14 points. He is really clicking on a line with Martin St. Louis and Ryan Malone. The rookie has become an elite scoring threat the last two months and is showing why he was taken first overall in 2008. Stamkos remains a solid long-term Fantasy keeper and is turning into a nice Fantasy option in seasonal formats as well.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos tallied a pair of assists, including one on the game winner, during Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win against the Blue Jackets. Martin St. Louis got a pass from Stamkos, broke to his right, and wristed a shot past Steve Mason for the overtime winner with 1:56 left. Stamkos also extended his point streak to six games, in which he has four goals and four assists.
Analysis: Stamkos his 40 points Tuesday and has been unreal in March with six goals and seven assists in 11 games. The rookie has really become an elite scoring threat the last two months and is showing why he was taken first overall in 2008. Stamkos remains a solid long-term Fantasy keeper and is turning into a nice low-end option in seasonal formats as well.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored twice in Saturday's loss to the Thrashers. He now has four goals in his last three games.
Analysis: The 2008 first-overall pick has really shown his potential since the calendar year hit 2009 and all it took was a little coaching from Rick Tocchet. Stamkos remains a solid long-term Fantasy keeper and is turning into a nice low-end option in seasonal formats as well.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored his 15th goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Leafs.
Analysis: The 2008 first-overall pick has really shown his potential since the calendar year hit 2009 and all it took was a little coaching from Rick Tocchet. Stamkos remains a solid long-term Fantasy keeper and is turning into a nice low-end option in seasonal formats as well.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-1 during Friday's game against the Blues. Stamkos pulled the Lightning even at 3 with 15.7 seconds to go as he scored his 14th goal. He has four goals and two assists in his last five games.
Analysis: Stamkos is up to 31 points on the season, with 12 in his last 15 games. The 2008 first-overall pick has really shown his potential since the calendar year hit 2009 and all it took was a little coaching from Rick Tocchet. Stamkos remains a solid long-term Fantasy keeper and is turning into a nice low-end option in seasonal formats as well.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored a goal, added an assist and finished at plus-2 during Sunday's game against the Flames. Stamkos tapped in his 13th goal 16:14 into the second period. He has three goals and one assist during a three-game point streak.
Analysis: Stamkos had a career-best eight points and six goals in February and he stayed hot with posting two points in his first March outing. He has really played well since mid-January when coach Rick Tocchet put him on a new training regimen. It has turned Stamkos into a viable scoring threat, but he still remains more of a low-end Fantasy forward and long-term keeper.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored the team's only goal during a 2-1 loss to the Canucks Friday. Stamkos, the first pick in last summer's draft, tied it on a scramble at 14:36 of the second period, putting his 12th goal into an empty net after Mark Recchi slid a loose puck through the crease. The goal stood after a lengthy video review failed to produce conclusive evidence Henrik Sedin's wraparound completely crossed the goal line -- though most of the puck appeared over -- at the other end first. "With the luck we ve had with goal reviews this year I thought for sure it would have been called back," said Stamkos, adding he's already had two goals taken away. "I think I would have set a record for disallowed goals."
Analysis: Stamkos has 12 goals and 27 points in 58 games. He has a career-high six goals in February. He has really played well since mid-January when coach Rick Tocchet put him on a new training regimen. It has turned Stamkos into a viable scoring threat, but he still remains more of a low-end Fantasy forward and long-term keeper.
News: Another stellar performance on the road by the Chicago Blackhawks turned Steve Stamkos' breakout into a footnote. Jonathan Toews scored twice, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks withstood the first career hat trick by Stamkos and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Tuesday. The Lightning tied the game 1-1 at 12:58 of the first period when Stamkos scored his eighth of the season. Stamkos scored on a double power play in the second, when he put a wrist shot into the top corner. His third came just 1:10 later on a one-timer past Cristobal Huet on the short side. "This was one of the best feelings of the year for me so far, but I much rather have it in a win," Stamkos said.
Analysis: The 19-year-old, who had just six goals in his first 53 games, now has four in his past three and became the first rookie in franchise history to record a hat trick. "It's big because he knows he can play against a quality team like that," Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet said. "It's a measuring stick for him." Stamkos, who had struggled due to lack of playing time, says he feels more confident on the ice. "I'm the biggest critic of my game," Stamkos said. "At the beginning of the year, with all the stuff that was going on, playing five, six, seven minutes a game, it's tough to get confidence." Stamkos has been on top of his game ever since Tocchet put him on a new training regimen in mid-January. He has six goals and five assists in his last 14 games. Stamkos is starting to live up to the hype of being a No. 1 draft pick and is starting to gain considerable Fantasy value in the process.
News:Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier scored third-period goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning held off the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Thursday. Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft last summer, scored on a power play to give Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead at 6:01 of the third. He has seven goals.
Analysis: Stamkos has three points (one goal) during a three-game point streak and eight points (three goals) in 12 games since the Lightning have put him on a new training regimen. Stamkos, who is an occasional healthy scratch as part of the program, has really thrived since Tampa Bay laid out their new plan for the No. 1 pick. Still, he has low-end Fantasy appeal outside of long-term keeper leagues since he doesn't play every game.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos celebrated his 19th birthday on Saturday with an assist on the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory against the Islanders. The overall No. 1 pick has two goals and six points in 10 games since the team began an off-ice conditioning and strength program on Jan. 9.
Analysis: The new conditioning plan has gone along way in Stamkos' progress and you can bet Tampa will stick with the regimen for the remainder of the season. However, that doesn't help Fantasy owners since Stamkos won't be on the ice every game. Stamkos has good long-term potential, but is more of a low-end Fantasy option in seasonal formats.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored a goal during Monday's 4-2 win against the Stars. Stamkos pulled Tampa Bay even at 2 from the low slot off a pass from Steve Downie at 11:46 of the third. Stamkos has two goals and two assists during a four-game point streak.
Analysis: The Lightning have put together a new training program for Stamkos that makes him a healthy scratch every few games to work on his conditioning and watch the game from the press box for a different perspective. Ever since the Lightning put the plan in motion, it has worked for the No. 1 pick in last June's draft. Stamkos is getting better, but he still remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports the second game of the "Steven Stamkos sits" era took place on Saturday against the Panthers when the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft was a healthy scratch for the second time in five games as part of a plan the team has to increase his strength. Although Stamkos had points in all three games he played since sitting out his first game on Dec. 10 in Anaheim, interim coach Rick Tocchet said he's sticking to his plan to have Stamkos undergo intense off-ice workouts on the days in which he doesn't play. Stamkos has been going through long on-ice workouts with the coaching staff followed by about 45-minute off-ice workouts with strength coach Chuck Lobe, concentrating on increase Stamkos' lower-body and core muscle groups.
Analysis: In addition, Stamkos has been doing one-on-one video sessions with assistant coach Wes Walz on days in which he is not playing. During the games, Stamkos has been watching from the press box level and taking some notes while observing the play and reporting back to the coaching staff what he's noticed, particularly the centers. "I'm pretty stuck in my way right now with this, and I think it's the best way for him to get to that next level," Tocchet said. "We are going to use the time he doesn't play to (get him better), and I think we'll see a correlation of that, not so much this year, but after a summer workout program we put him on, and I think we'll see an accelerated Steven Stamkos than if we just played him every game." Tocchet said he doesn't intend to sit Stamkos out in consecutive games at any point, but he does have things mapped out in advance. The Lightning coach indicated that Stamkos will be back in the lineup when Tampa Bay hosts Dallas on Monday. This doesn't help Fantasy owners since Stamkos could miss up to a game per week. Stamkos is getting better and the new learning plan seems to be working, but Stamkos still remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Lightning rookie C Steven Stamkos scored his fifth NHL goal in Tuesday's loss to the Sharks.
Analysis: Stamkos hasn't lived up to expectations this season, but you have to understand his situation playing for the league's worst team. He remains a nice keeper option, but not much more.
News:Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft, was scratched from Tampa Bay's lineup for the first time this season to build up his strength after a 16-game stretch in which he had only one goal and two assists. Stamkos, who turns 19 on Feb. 7, led all rookies with 84 shots on goal entering Friday night's game against the Anaheim Ducks. A club spokesman said the 6-foot, 180-pound center will be given a game off here and there during the rest of the season. The club wants him to work on his conditioning, and said he won't sit out consecutive games. That means Stamkos will match up against No. 2 overall pick Drew Doughty when the Lightning play the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
Analysis: Stamkos had four goals and 10 assists in 40 games with the Lightning, after averaging 62 games in each of the previous two seasons with the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League. He was selected Friday to play in the NHL YoungStars game on Jan. 24 in Montreal during the league's All-Star weekend festivities. Stamkos, whose plus-minus rating is minus-11, signed a three-year, $2.625 million contract that could be worth up to $11.175 million with incentives. He is the third player the Lightning have drafted No. 1 overall, along with defenseman Roman Hamrlik (1992) and center Vincent Lecavalier (1998). Lecavalier, a four-time All-Star and the franchise's career leader in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, power-play goals and games, appeared in all 82 games during his 1998-99 rookie campaign, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. Hamrlik had six goals and 15 assists in 67 games as a rookie in 1992-93. Both players have gone on to have great careers, so there is hope that Stamkos isn't a draft bust after a slow start to his career. Consider Stamkos a low-end Fantasy option until he gets his act together.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos scored his first goal on home ice Saturday against the Panthers while snapping an 11-game scoring drought in the process. Stamkos had three goals coming into the game, but all three had come on the road -- two in Buffalo on Oct. 30 and one in Colorado on Nov. 29. The goal came on a rebound of a Matt Smaby shot that trickled through the legs of Tomas Vokoun, where Stamkos pounced on the loose puck. Stamkos had his parents in town for the holidays and they were in the stands, just as they were when he scored his first career goal in Buffalo.
Analysis: It seems as though Stamkos' parents are the lucky charm. Perhaps the Lightning should put them on the coaching staff since the 2008 No. 1 pick could really use a jolt in his offensive game. Even though it looks like sour grapes, but maybe fired coach Barry Melrose was right. Stamkos likely could have benefited from another year of junior hockey or at least began the season in the minors. He has the talent to play on the NHL level, but can't get through the rookie wall. Stamkos remains a low-end Fantasy flier for the time being.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos has failed to score in seven December games after scoring Nov. 29 against the Avalanche. He is 0-for-16 on shot attempts in December while netting two points and a minus-2 rating.
Analysis: Stamkos has played his best during his rookie season late in months and has always been sluggish as the calendar turns to a new set of dates. We don't have a reason why he does that, but it has been the trend for the No. 1 pick. Stamkos has yet to live up to his potential, but interim coach Rick Tocchet has pretty much unleashed him in recent weeks and wants the rookie to be more aggressive. Until he is a regular in the stat column, Stamkos is a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos picked up a goal and an assist in Saturday's loss to the Avalanche and now has six points in his last six games.
Analysis: Now Stamkos is finally getting some minutes to show what he has to offer on the NHL stage, he is coming through with a point a game. He is playing mostly on the top two lines at the moment, but shouldn't be starting in many leagues just yet. He remains a great Fantasy keeper option.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos had a pair of assists in Friday's game against Nashville. It was his second straight game with at least one assist.
Analysis: Stamkos, the 18-year-old forward taken No. 1 overall by the Lightning in this year's draft, has received more playing time under new coach Rick Tocchet than in any he played while Barry Melrose was the coach. He might finally reach his potential as a top Calder Trophy candidate, so keep tabs on Stamkos' progress.
News: Only a week into his tenure as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rick Tocchet is taking a much different approach in the development of prized rookie Steven Stamkos than the fired Barry Melrose did. Stamkos, the 18-year-old forward taken No. 1 overall by the Lightning in this year's draft, received more playing time in each of his first two games under Tocchet than in any he played while Melrose was the coach. "Toc has just been great with me, giving me an opportunity out there," Stamkos said. "You definitely feel like you're in the game (playing more minutes)." Last Sunday, in Tocchet's debut after being promoted from assistant to interim head coach, Stamkos played 15 minutes, 10 seconds. Two nights later against Florida, Stamkos had 17:55 of ice time. Under Melrose, Stamkos had a high of 14:53 on the ice. That came in the second game of the season, Oct. 5 against the Rangers in the Czech Republic.
Analysis: Melrose was fired after going 5-7-4 in his first season as Lightning coach. He held Stamkos under 10 minutes of ice time in five games -- including 9:51 on Nov. 13 against Detroit in the final game with Melrose behind the bench. His overall low was 6:05 versus Carolina on Oct. 11. "We've got to figure a way to get Steve Stamkos involved, and see if he can play at this level," said Tocchet, an NHL head coach for the first time. "He's going to get his chance. We're going to get him out there in the right situations. He's a young kid. Everybody's rooting for the kid. He's a great kid." Stamkos practiced Monday on a line with top Tampa Bay forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis, and played with them at times Tuesday against Florida. Stamkos earned an assist, recorded nine shots and won 6 of 10 faceoffs. He might finally reach his potential as a top Calder Trophy candidate, so keep tabs on Stamkos' progress.
News: The reports that Lightning C Steven Stamkos, after one game on the top unit, is now back on the second line in Tampa playing alongside Radim Vrbata and Vinny Prospal. Evgeny Artyukhin will play with Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis on the top line.
Analysis: Stamkos had his most productive game as a pro on Tuesday against the Panthers, so we're not sure why Tocchet decided to change things up. Stamkos' value takes a little hit with this move, but Vrbata and Prospal are no slouches. Keep a close eye on how Stamkos does over the next few games if these lines stick. Artyukhin and his massive 6-4 frame will try and free up some room for the Lightning stars, but the Russian only has four points this season and can be ignored for the time being except in leagues that reward PIM.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos picked up a career-high 17:55 of ice time in a loss to Florida on Tuesday and more than doubled his best shot total with nine. He spent most of the night playing on the top line with Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. "I definitely felt really good out there, and starting the game playing with Vinny and Marty helped me to get my confidence going," Stamkos said. "(Tocchet) has been great with me, giving me an opportunity out there, and you definitely feel like you are in the game. I had tons of shots and was making some plays offensively, and I felt great."
Analysis: Stamkos is clearly going to get plenty of chances with new coach Rick Tocchet, and Tuesday night's performance is a great sign for his Fantasy owners. If he can stick around on the top line, you know he'll start to produce sooner than later paired with those two studs. Grab Stamkos in all formats if he's still out there on the wire and be ready to start him if he begins to really pick up the points.
News: The St. Pete Times reports that this year's No. 1 overall pick, Steven Stamkos, skated as a winger with Marty St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier during Monday's practice. "Now," Stamkos said. "The pressure is on me."
Analysis: Well, we knew Stamkos might get more a shot under interim coach Rick Tocchet, but this is a little out of the blue! The youngster gets put on a superb re-tooled top line in Tampa Bay, which might be a case of Tocchet putting all of his eggs in one basket, but it could also turn out to be a genius move. Keep a close eye on Tuesday's game against Florida, as this could be the real coming-out party for Stamkos. He remains a low-end option for now, but the potential is clearly there for so much more.
News: Lightning rookie C Steven Stamkos, the first overall pick in this year's draft, is getting close to 14 minutes of ice time a game lately as he centers the second line in Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Stamkos started slowly this season, getting under 10 minutes a game, but now he's finding his NHL feet and has four points in his last four games. Expect some turbulent times in his rookie season, but if Stamkos ever gets going, he could be a real nice Fantasy player. He remains a low-end option in deeper formats for now.
News: Rookie Steven Stamkos scores his first two NHL goals and added an assist in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, opened the scoring 10 minutes in when he deflected Vincent Lecavalier's slap shot from the top of the right circle. Paul Ranger made it 4-1 with less than 7 minutes to go in the second before Stamkos scored his second of the game just under 2 minutes later. After accepting a pass from Adam Hall, Stamkos sent a slap shot from the top of the right circle that eluded Ryan Miller.
Analysis: It took Stamkos eight games to get his first point -- an assist -- and he now has four points in his last two games. Thursday was a display of the kind of potential Stamkos brings to the table. Expect some turbulent times in his rookie season, but if Stamkos ever gets going, he could be a real nice Fantasy player.
News: Lightning C Steven Stamkos recorded his first NHL point in a 3-2 win at Toronto on Tuesday. He assisted on Vincent Lecavalier's second goal of the game.
Analysis: Stamkos hasn't been the Fantasy prize many thought he would be right off the bat, but the fact he is going to remain with Tampa Bay the whole season means he is still worth stashing in most Fantasy formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports being a No. 1 overall selection in any draft carries with it an inordinate amount of expectations, fair or unfair. Lightning rookie Steven Stamkos is enduring those expectations less than a month into the season. While Stamkos garnered plenty of attention when he was selected first overall by Tampa Bay at the draft in June, he's getting just as much attention right now, only for very different reasons. Seven games into the season, Stamkos has yet to register a point and has received less than 10 minutes of ice time in three of the seven games. Of the 10:41 average ice time Stamkos has been getting, he's been seeing just over a minute of that per game on the power play.
Analysis: The lack of production and lack of opportunity have caught the attention of plenty in the Canadian media, some suggesting that Stamkos' growth is being stunted while others imply that Stamkos might be better served returning to his junior team in Sarnia if he's not going to play on a more consistent basis with the Lightning. But Tampa Bay coach Barry Melrose said Stamkos is here to stay and that patience needs to be practiced when it comes to allowing the 18-year-old rookie time to grow. "He doesn't have a point yet, so all of Canada is in an uproar," Lightning coach Barry Melrose said. "But every game he's getting better. He's playing well in his own end, and he's getting his chances. Steven will be fine, and people just need to relax. He's 18 years old, and as soon as the first one goes in, he'll start scoring consistently. I have no doubt about that." Stamkos hasn't been the Fantasy prize many thought he would be right off the bat, but the fact he is going to remain with Tampa Bay means he is still worth stashing in most Fantasy formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, logged just under 14 minutes of ice time on Saturday against the Wild after playing less than 10 minutes in the previous two games. Stamkos had a career-high four shots on goal, which matched his total for shots on goal through the first four games.
Analysis: Stamkos had a solid preseason for Tampa Bay, but he is still looking for his first NHL point. He came into the season as the top contender for the Calder, but has been one of the worst offensive rookies to date. Stamkos still has a lot of long-term potential, but he remains just a low-end Fantasy option in seasonal leagues at this time.
News:The Sports Xchange reports after playing the least amount of ice time of any player on the Lightning roster in the season opener, rookie overall No. 1 draft pick Steven Stamkos finished with almost 15 minutes of ice time Sunday against the Rangers, including 3:15 on the power play after not getting any power-play time in the opener. Stamkos finished with one shot on goal and three missed shots -- including a second-period attempt that rang off the crossbar -- while winning 6 of 8 faceoffs.
Analysis: For a second-line center, Stamkos surely didn't log the necessary minutes in the first two games. The Lightning will likely bring him along slowly in the beginning, but it might only be a matter of time before they unleash him on the NHL. Stamkos still remains a top contender for the Calder and worth a flier in most Fantasy formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports C Steven Stamkos, the overall No. 1 pick, made his NHL debut in the Lightning's season-opening loss to the New York Rangers. The 18-year-old logged a team-low 8 minutes, 25 seconds, had two shots on goal and finished a minus-1 while centering the second line with LW Ryan Malone and RW Radim Vrbata.
Analysis: For a second-line center, Stamkos surely didn't log the necessary minutes. The Lightning will likely bring him along slowly in the beginning, but it might only be a matter of time before they unleash him on the NHL. Stamkos still remains a top contender for the Calder and worth a flier in most Fantasy formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Lightning C Steven Stamkos, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, has shown plenty of brilliance through the preseason and looks as if he will have a significant impact on the second line, likely contributing along the lines of last year's Calder Trophy winner Patrick Kane.
Analysis: Stamkos had one goal and two assists in the first four preseason games and should see plenty of ice time from Game 1 of his NHL career. Stamkos has compared himself to Kane, and not Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, who had 100-point seasons as rookies in 2005-06. Stamkos is a must-have long-term keeper and worth a flier as a middle-round pick in seasonal leagues.
News: NHL.com reports that No. 1 overall pick C Steven Stamkos will make his Lightning debut Saturday during a preseason game against the Penguins. "All I expect of (Stamkos) is to come in and work as hard as he can every night," Lightning coach Barry Melrose said. "That's what he's been doing his whole life since he was 10-years-old, so we're not expecting him to carry this team or be the best player, but we expect him to be the hardest working 18-year-old on the Tampa Bay Lightning. If he does that, we'll get some results."
Analysis: Stamkos is expected to center the Lightning's second line when the regular season starts. "I think sticking in the NHL is the biggest goal of mine right now," he said. "It's one thing to go to training camp and get a sniff of the NHL, but it's another to stay a full season. If I'm able to do that, I'm definitely going to have greater expectations for myself to produce. I'm known as an offensive player and I definitely want to put up some reasonable numbers. You look at Patrick Kane (Chicago), Sam Gagner (Edmonton) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago) and how they were able to step in and put up some pretty good numbers in their first seasons. Hopefully, I can follow in their footsteps." It's good Stamkos compared himself to Kane, last season's Calder Trophy winner, and not Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, who had 100-point seasons as rookies in 2005-06. Stamkos is a must-have long-term keeper and worth a flier as a middle-round pick in seasonal leagues.
News:Steven Stamkos signed a three-year, $2.625 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who already have penciled in the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft as the team's second-line center. The 18-year-old's standard entry-level contract includes a yearly base salary of $875,000, as well as a maximum of $8.55 million in performance bonuses that could make the deal worth up to $11.175 million. "It is obvious to all of our staff in a brief period of time that Steven is a very special young man with great potential. His work ethic and eagerness to learn have been very impressive," Lightning vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said.
Analysis: Stamkos had 100 goals and 97 assists in 124 games over two seasons for Sarnia in the Ontario Hockey League. He is the third player the Lightning have drafted No. 1 overall, joining Roman Hamrlik in 1992 and Vincent Lecavalier in 1998. "We believe with our veteran leadership that Tampa Bay is the perfect scenario for Steven to grow and mature as a player and person on and off the ice," Lawton added. Stamkos could have a rookie season similar to fellow Canadian Patrick Kane, who had 72 points (21 goals) on his way to winning the Calder Trophy in 2007-08. Stamkos is a must-have long-term keeper and worth a flier as a middle-round pick in seasonal leagues.