Stamkos, Steven

Stamkos Signs 8 Year Extension With Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Stamkos, 26, played in 77 games with the Lightning last season, recording 36 goals and 64 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Bolts for goals and was second for points. Stamkos also ranked tied for seventh in the NHL for goals and was tied for fourth for power-play goals with 14. He led the team for shots on goal with 216 and led all Lightning forwards for average time on ice (19:45).

“We are very appreciative of the effort and commitment that Steven and his representatives have exhibited in getting a deal done,” Yzerman said upon making the announcement today. “We are excited to have him as a cornerstone part of the team for the next eight years as we continue in the franchise’s ultimate pursuit of winning another Stanley Cup.”

The 6-foot, 192-pound forward has skated in 49 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, recording 15 goals and 35 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. Stamkos skated in his first game of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins after recovering from blood clot surgery. He ranks fourth all-time on the Lightning’s franchise playoff points list.

“I am excited to move forward with the Lightning today for the next eight years,” said Stamkos. “It’s not often that a player gets the chance to spend his career in one organization and I am hopeful that this agreement sets me on that path with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Most importantly, I look forward to working with my teammates, coaches and our management in our goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

2013-2014 Training Camp: Day 1

Players reported for camp today and most spent it taking care of various chores: a gauntlet of paperwork, photos and media inquiries. The only players scheduled to hit the ice for a (private) practice were those from the recently completed rookie camp squad.

Amid all of the bustle, Bolt Prospects was able to catch up with some of the staff and players. Here are some takeaways and select quotes:

Steven Stamkos


BP Alumni
Left Wing
Markham, ONT
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1 (#1) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Franchise Center

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Draft Year: 
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pick No.: 
Draft Team: 
Sarnia (OHL)


Contract Status: 
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
Contract Type: 
Contract Length: 
8 years
Cap Number: 
$8 500 000
Contract Start Year: 
Contract End Year: 
Contract End Status: 
$9 500 000
$9 500 000
$9 500 000
$9 500 000
$9 500 000
$7 500 000
$6 500 000
$6 500 000




  • OHL - Named to the Western Conference OHL All-Star Team
  • OHL - Runner-up OHL Rookie of the Year
  • OHL - Scholastic Player of the Year
  • IIHF - 2007 U18 WJC All-Tournament Team


  • IIHF - Selected for Team Canada at the 2008 U20 WJC's
  • OHL - Named to the Western Conference OHL All-Star Team
  • CHL - Top Draft Prospect (Canadian Major Junior)
  • OHL - Top Draft Prospect Award
  • OHL - Second All-Star Team (Center)



  • In his final season of midget hockey with the Markham Waxers, Stamkos racked up a stunning 105 goals and 197 points in 72 games.
  • May 6, 2006 - Selected by the Sarnia Sting with the 1st overall selection in the 2006 OHL Priority Draft out of the Markham Waxers program.
  • As a rookie, Stamkos wasted no time making an impact putting up 42 goals and 92 points in 63 games with Sarnia to go along with 56 penalty minutes.
  • Tallied over a point a game in the playoffs notching 3 goals and 6 points in 4 games.
  • Named to Team Canada for the 2007 IIHF U18 World Junior Championships.
  • Led Team Canada with 2 goals and 10 points in 6 games to go along with 8 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.


  • In 61 games for Sarnia, he scored 58 goals and 105 points to go with 88 penalty minutes.
  • Selected to Team Canada for the 2008 U20 World Junior Championships.
  • Stamkos put up 1 goal and 6 points in 7 games along with 4 penalty minutes and a +1 rating in helping the Canadians secure gold.
  • In the playoffs, Stamkos scored 11 goals in 9 games helping the Sting to advance to the second round.
  • On June 20, 2008 he was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the first overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.


  • Signs his entry level rookie contract on July 28, 2008.
  • Stamkos is expected to begin his NHL career immediately in the 2008-2009 season.

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

Red Line Report says, "An elite, top-line centre people will pay to see, with a style comparative to Steve Yzerman."

Pete Choquette says, "He does everything really well. He won't be one of the best two or three players in the game in any one area, but he'll be one of the best fifteen to twenty players in the game at everything. Everything. Skating, finishing, passing, backchecking, faceoffs, battle level, backchecking: he does it all without any real discernable weaknesses."


Stamkos is incredibly skilled with an elite package of speed, balance, and stickhandling to go with an amazing finishing touch. He also sees the ice well and is an outstanding playmaker. He will go to the net and other high traffic areas and is surprisingly strong defensively for a young offensive player. Off the ice, Stamkos also possesses strong leadership potential and work ethic.


Stamkos' only weakness is that he will need to continue to add muscle in order to compete in the NHL, which is natural for an 18 year old. Other than that, there are no obvious flaws in his game and he is clearly the most complete player from day one the Tampa Bay Lightning have ever drafted.


Stamkos projects as an elite franchise center. He'll be the type of player who can be counted on for at least 40 goals and 90 points a year and who can play in all situations for the Lightning. In the short term, the young star is penciled in to start on the Lightning's second line where 20 goals and 70 points as a rookie is probably a safe and reasonable expectation for him as a rookie.


Player statistics powered by

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2004-2005 Markham Waxers U15 AAAETAHL U15- - -- -|        
  Markham Waxers U15 AAABig Nickel Bantam4 8 210 14|        
 2005-2006 Markham Waxers U16 AAAETAHL U1666 105 92197 87|        
  Markham Waxers U16 AAAOHL Cup5 4 711 4|        
 2006-2007 Sarnia StingOHL63 42 5092 56|Playoffs4 3 36
  Team Ontario CWG5 11 415 8|        
  Canada U18WJC-186 2 810 8|        
 2007-2008 Sarnia StingOHL61 58 47105 88|Playoffs9 11 011 20 
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 1 45 16|        
  OHL All-StarsCHL Challenge1 0 00 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 1 56 4|        
 2008-2009 Tampa Bay LightningNHL79 23 2346 39|        
  CanadaWC9 7 411 6|        
 2009-2010 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82 51 4495 38|        
  CanadaWC5 2 13 10|        
 2010-2011 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82 45 4691 74|Playoffs18 6 713
 2011-2012 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82 60 3797 66|        
 2012-2013 Tampa Bay LightningNHL48 29 2857 32|        
  CanadaWC8 7 512 6|        
 2013-2014 Tampa Bay LightningNHL37 25 1540 18|Playoffs4 2 24
 2014-2015 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82 43 2972 49|Playoffs26 7 1118 20 
 2015-2016 Tampa Bay LightningNHL77 36 2864 38|Playoffs1 0 00
 2016-2017 Tampa Bay LightningNHL17 9 1120 14|        
  CanadaWCup6 1 12 2|        
 2017-2018 Tampa Bay LightningNHL78 27 5986 72|Playoffs17 7 916
 2018-2019 Tampa Bay LightningNHL82 45 5398 37|Playoffs4 1 12
 2019-2020 Tampa Bay LightningNHL57 29 3766 22|        

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Stamkos Graduates

Tonight is the 41st game of the season for Steven Stamkos, which graduates him from prospects status according to Bolt Prospects' criteria. Congratulations to the 2008 #1 pick. The change will be reflected on the release of Bolt Prospects' 2008-2009 Midterm Rankings.

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