Steven Stamkos Is The Greatest Player In The History Of The Tampa Bay Lightning.

Is Steven Stamkos the best player in Tampa Bay Lightning History? Has he done enough in his career to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he takes off his skates for the last time?

It’s been a long but satisfying journey for the 32-year-old Lightning forward from Markham, Ontario. Drafted by the Lightning as the number one overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, Stamkos went straight from the Ontario Hockey league to the NHL, scoring 23 goals in his first NHL season in 2008-09.

Stamkos Notches His 1,000th Career Point

In his 15th season, Stamkos assisted on a Nick Paul goal at 7:55 of the second period to give the Lightning a 3-0 lead. That would be the 1,000th career point for Steven Stamkos.

He talked about his milestone after the game. “It’s one of those things where you’re just thankful to get this opportunity to be in the league for that long to do it with one organization as well,”

“That’s special for me. That’s something that I was really looking forward to this year, understanding that there were some possible milestones. So, to be able to achieve them with this group of guys is pretty cool.”

Stamkos becomes the 95th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points and is only one of 10 active players to get 1,000 points.

He also becomes the 48th player to score 1,000 points with one team in NHL history.

With his 500th career assist, Stamkos has already reached one career milestone this season. Now the countdown begins to 500 career goals. Stamkos currently sits at 494.

When he achieves that milestone, he will join two other active players, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, as the only players with 500 career goals and 1,000 career points.

Coach Jon Cooper who has coached Stamkos since 2013, talked about the achievement after the game. “It’s a proud moment for him and his family. One thousand points. Wow, that’s a lot of points. Impressive. Quite a moment for him. I’ve been very fortunate to have a front-row seat.”

Here Is A List Of The Lightning Records That Stamkos Holds

Seasons played 15
Goals scored 494
Points scored 1,000
Power play goals 188
Overtime goals13
Game-winning goals 75
Hat tricks 10
Multi-goal games 87
Empty Net Goals 19
20 goal Seasons 12(tied with Vincent Lecavalier)
30-goal season 7
40 goal seasons 6
50-goal seasons 2
60-goal seasons 1
2 Stanley Cup Rings
2 Scoring titles.
7 Time All-Star

He is also just one of 21 players in NHL history to score 60 goals in a season. In addition, he is one of 13 players in NHL history who scored 50 goals or more in one of their first two seasons in the NHL. Stamkos hit that mark as a 20-year-old, making him the third youngest player to achieve that milestone.

Stamkos has accomplished all this despite missing over 213 games in five seasons due to injuries.

He has averaged 1.06 points per game throughout his career and would have close to 1225 career points right now if he had been healthy throughout his career. That theoretically places him 42nd on the all-time scoring list in NHL history.

There is no question that Stamkos is the best player in the history of the Tampa Bay Lightning, surpassing the greatness of Marty St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier.

Jon Cooper talked about Stamkos being one of the great players of our generation. “One-thousand points, anytime you’ve you start hitting those century marks and beyond, not only does it mean you’ve been around for a while, but you’re probably among the elite of your era. Five hundred goals is another one. Those are lofty numbers. The next step is people talking about the Hockey Hall of Fame. And you throw in two Stanley Cups, and it’s pretty impressive. It’s Hall of Fame stuff.”

The Hall of Fame

Stamkos has indeed reserved a spot in the Hockey Hall Of Fame. He will certainly add to his already impressive resume, as Stamkos is just 32 years old and has a lot of hockey ahead of him.

Stamkos currently ranks number 95 on the all-time scoring list in NHL history. Averaging one point a game for the rest of the season, Stamkos could finish the season with 87 points which put him number 74 on the all-time scoring list just ahead of Dennis Potvin.

We are watching one of this generation’s greatest players, and we are privileged to have a front-row seat for every goal and point he scores.

Stamkos has already done enough to earn a bust in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Now he gets a chance to add to his career numbers and possibly win another Stanley Cup.

The Lightning will honor Stamkos in a pre-game ceremony Saturday night before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6:30 PM.

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