Discussion in 'Tampa Bay Lightning' started by The Underboss, Jul 7, 2018.
Previous threads: Player Discussion: - Steven Stamkos
Hi guys, Habs fan here. I just had a quick question on Stamkos.
Was he your number one center after trading Namesnikov? Was it basically Miller, Killorn... etc that rotated on LW with Stamkos and Kucherov? Or did Miller play some center as well?
Miller started taking faceoffs but Stamkos was still the center.
... What would Namestnikov have to do with Stamkos being our #1C? And as far as usage, yes he was (although there is a cognizable argument that Point was our better Center).
Did Namestnikov not line up between Kucherov and Stamkos prior to being traded?
Names had good chemistry with Kuch. He wouldn't have normally been there otherwise.
Definitely fair. It was more a response to the question of what it has to do with Stamkos and the number one center position.
Anyways, thank you all for your help
Vlad was on the wing.
Names was LW on that line.
Stammer should play LW IMO. After the injury his skating hasn't been the same. Also I prefer centers being playmakers. Just put Stamkos - Point - Kucherov on the ice and watch what happens.
I'd rather have that center depth.
I really hope he comes back in a shoot first mentality this year.
You have Point and Johnson as your top-6 C's, how much more depth do you need.
Point-Johnson would be pretty underwhelming compared to Stamkos-Point. Also Johnson wasn't that great of a 2C until Point came along.
Johnson has a 70-point upside, I think he'd be just fine playing those 2nd line minutes as a center.
Johnson has scored 38, 45 and 50 points in his last three seasons. He's not going to be a 70 point player again. He missed a handful of games in those 38 and 45 point seasons but 50 point player is what he is. He can be a 2C but I'd much rather have depth down the middle and not put our top three forwards on one line.
Agreed, tho I believe he's still in his prime an could bounce back. Stamkos - Point - Johnson is an excellent depth in the middle and hey, if it's not broken, don't fix it! I'm just flirting with the idea of Stamkos playing LW.
He looked really good on the wing. Had a lot of chances. I think luck played a part in things, given the shooting % dip. If he shoots his normal 13-14% next year, on Brayden Point's wing, I think he could have a very good year. He's always been prone to blowing chances, even going back to his big year, where he started the season getting a billion chances and failing to cash in before TKO came together.
His 70 point days are very likely over. He seems to be a lot more conscious of staying healthy in the regular season now, and I ain't mad at it. If our stars show up in the playoffs, and Johnson's giving us 0.5 ppg at even strength (emphasis on even strength), we're gonna be tough as hell to beat.
He played like a 5m player last year. I think sometimes we still group him in a tier of players he's not part of, even if he's had flashes of it, so our expectations get out of whack. He's a support player, and whether he's doing his job or not is pretty much inconsequential if the stars don't show up when it matters.
expect stamkos to jump back into his old numbers this year !! the great ones do this he will be back
DFC look closer to 90 then 70
Yeah I'll bet on Stamkos not scoring 90 points again after not being able to do that last year with a substantial lead on the competition and 44% of that in the first 21 games.
Stamkos was sub ppg for the last 50 games of the season and right around his production level of his previous full seasons.
If he's playing with Kuch again this season I could see him getting 80 (low 80's) again. 70's for sure.
God I wish he would just shoot the puck from everywhere, like he used to, like he did in 2010 and scored 60. Ovi still does it and wins the Rocket every year!
Namestnikov was the Left Wing. Stamkos was the Center.
Stamkos is such a confusing player. Numerically he is an offensive beast and he shows signs as a two way center at times he just can’t do both at once. Kinda like Eberle.
He has looked really timid and scared to shoot the puck. Hopefully that gets turned around
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