It’s days before Steven Stamkos‘ 22nd birthday, and I sit here pondering why he doesn’t receive the recognition he deserves. It’s no mystery that Stamkos is the best player the Tampa Bay Lightning has, but in my opinion, he’s the best player currently in the NHL. His numbers speak volumes, and I don’t feel that he’s recognized as much as the other ‘elite’ players in the NHL.
When you think of the best young players of the NHL, a few names come to mind. Some of the names you may think of are SidneyCrosby or even Alex Ovechkin. Love them or hate them, they’re still considered some of the best out there right now. But where does Steven Stamkos rank? In my opinion, I see and hear a lot more about players such as Crosby and Ovechkin, but next to nothing when it comes to Stamkos. I just don’t think that he reserves as much recognition as he deserves.
Stamkos has scored more career goals before the age of 22 than Crosby, Jagr, Kovalchuk, & Ovechkin. With Stamkos‘ 22nd birthday just days away he has scored a total of 152 career goals, whereas Crosby has 19 less goals, and Ovechkin has 54 less goals. Also, it took Stamkos 288 games to reach 150 goals compared to Crosby’s 319. In the 2009-2010 season, Crosby & Stamkos tied for the lead in goals scored with 51 goals. In addition, Steven Stamkos leads all NHL players with the most goals since the start of the 2009-10 season with 129 goals, Ovechkin follows with 102, and Crosby isn’t even in the top 5.
If that isn’t enough to make you think Stamkos is well deserving of more recognition, then how about the fact that he’s currently the lead goal scorer in the NHL with 33 goals, and he’s 3rd in the league with 54 points? Although Sidney Crosby & Alex Ovechkin have 3 seasons on Steven Stamkos, I think he is right on par to be just as great, if not better.