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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Is Steve Stamkos the new face of the NHL?

No, but he’s in the same group picture that features Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

Stamkos is the third-best forward in the game today, behind Crosby and Ovechkin, with apologies to reigning MVP Henrik Sedin, as well as Pavel Datsyuk and Evgeni Malkin.

“Stamkos No. 3? Yeah, I’d say he’s making a case for it,” said Phoenix Coyotes forward Ray Whitney. “He’s that good. He’s got that shot. You can watch him all you want, but he doesn’t need any time. And he’s playing with a pretty good little guy (Martin St. Louis).”

continued plus a variety of hockey notes…

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Osrt's avatar

All three are very talented players but, as noted above, Stamkos definitely has the best mentors.

That said, I’d like to seem them play against real competition in the West. The numbers won’t be as gaudy and, gasp, they might have to travel but they and league would be better for it.

Posted by Osrt on 11/21/10 at 04:18 PM ET

Moq's avatar

He’ll outwork both Ovi and Sid in the end,...

If Stamkos can outwork Crosby, then his future among the league stars is secured.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 11/21/10 at 04:58 PM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

Are the three best players really in the leastern conference?  I wonder how many points they’d score in the better Western.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 11/21/10 at 05:07 PM ET

Moq's avatar

According to someone compiling numbers at the hfboard, Ovechkin and Crosby has the best PPG numbers against Western opposition after the lockout with Thornton as third. The Detroit twins are not far behind.

The EC numbers of Crosby and Ovechkin are quite a bit better. But thinking that Crosby, Ovechkin, and Stamkos wouldn’t excel in the WC is ignorant.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 11/21/10 at 05:32 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

That said, I’d like to seem them play against real competition in the West.
Posted by Osrt

Tampa just did a Wcoast trip.
They lost all 3 games, Stamkos had 2 G, 1 A, 19 shots and was only a (-) in the 3rd game, in spite of the Bolts getting their ass handed to them 3 games in a row.

Generalizations will occasionally bite you in the butt.

Stamkos has the talent to surpass Crosby and Ovechkin, and works harder than Bobby Nystrom.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 11/21/10 at 06:00 PM ET

Osrt's avatar

Posted by HockeyTownTodd

But thinking that Crosby, Ovechkin, and Stamkos wouldn’t excel in the WC is ignorant.

Posted by Moq

No one is arguing that they aren’t impressive/ great players or that they wouldn’t “excel.” We are, however, raising the spectre of the East’s relative inferiority. A three game road trip or sporadic visits over several years even don’t come close to equaling the daily, yearly or career long grind of playing the West. Tougher opponents and much much tougher travel schedule.

Good luck to Stamkos and Stevie Y in Tampa.

Posted by Osrt on 11/21/10 at 06:56 PM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

With no apologies, Matheson you are wrong. There is no question that Datsyuk is the best forward in the league. If they said, the best ‘scoring’ forward, then no question it’s Ovie/Crosby/Stamkos 1-2-3. But it’s a two way game and nobody dominates the ice like Pavel. Anybody who watched the Flames game tonight (and every other game for that matter really) knows what I’m talking about…

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 11/22/10 at 02:58 AM ET

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