November 28, 2010

SAINT STEVEN:

Steven Stamkos defines 'franchise player' (JEFF GORDON, 10/24/10, STLtoday.com)

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is everything a team should want from a first overall draft pick. [...]

He may never become Wayne Gretzky, but he could certainly become Mario Lemieux.

“He's one of those guys when he's on the ice you're just praying he's not around the puck,” Penguins GM Ray Shero told Yahoo! Sports. “He's got great speed, a great release, an unbelievable shot — he is a really, really dangerous player. There's only maybe a handful of guys like that in the league.

“He's driving the net, he's shooting the puck — there's a lot of different things to his arsenal. Every time he's on the ice he seems to make something happen. He's putting up the points now and I guess there's no coincidence that we're winning some hockey games as well.”

The Tampa Tribune notes that NHL coaching legend Scotty Bowman likes what he sees as well.

“He reminds me of Guy Lafleur,” Bowman said. “He can fly and he can score.”

TV commentator (and former NHL coach) Don Cherry likens Stamkos to Brett Hull, given his ability to crush one-time shots.

“To hear your name compared to someone like that is humbling,” Stamkos told the Toronto Sun. “It’s just a technique I learned in order to get more power and accuracy on my shot. You are not always going to get a perfect pass, so this helps get more velocity on it.”

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2010 8:11 AM
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