Why Steven Stamkos Is the Face of the NHL Heading into 2012-13

July 31st, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
Forget about Ovie. Sid the Kid needs to mount a full-season comeback.

The 2012-13 season will be all about Steven Stamkos.

He is the face of the NHL heading into the upcoming season, and he deserves his status.

Not that there's anything wrong with reigning MVP Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vezina Trophy-winning Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, explosive Flyers forward Claude Giroux or Dustin Brown of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

It's just that Stamkos simply rules when it comes to putting the puck in the net and playing the game the right way at all times.

Last year, Stamkos led the league with 60 goals and he finished second to Malkin in scoring with 97 points. He is a highly skilled shooter who can find the top corner of the net any time he gets inside the blue line. His slap shot is fired like a rocket and his wrist shot is devastating.

It doesn't stop there. Stamkos has an array of moves around the net and excels when it comes to rebounds and deflections. He understands how the defense is trying to play him and he can use his speed to get in alone and torment opposing goal ...

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