Stamkos Thriving In Return From Knee Injury
Steven Stamkos was among four players to be elected as a Captain for NHL’s All-Star game. Stamkos was received the most votes in the Atlantic Division. He will be joined by Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), P.K. Subban (Central), and Connor McDavid (Pacific). The NHL’s All-Star Game will be held in Tampa on Sunday, January 28th.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” In many ways these words personify the struggle that Stamkos has faced to get to this point.
Two years ago, Stamkos missed most of the end of the regular season and nearly all of the playoffs after having thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Last season, he was off to a blistering start registering 20 points in his first 17 games before suffering a knee injury against the Detroit Red Wings.
This season, fully recovered he is playing possibly the best hockey of his career. Through 39-games he has registered 49-points (17-32–49). He ranks fifth in the NHL with 32-assists. His 49-points ranks third. His 12 power-play goals leads all of the NHL.
“I didn’t really know what to expect at the beginning of the year, to be honest,” he told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. “That injury last year, and the accumulation of all the tough-luck injuries I’ve had to deal with, it puts a toll on your body, for sure, on your mind. But you can fall back on the preparation you put into it.
“I’ve been able to be put in position where I play with some really good teammates. The power play has been really good; that helps as well. It’s just been all-around the best-case scenario so far (this season).”
The Lightning continue their season tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30.