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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Lightning coach Jon Cooper told USA TODAY Sports he is considering playing Stamkos at left wing in some regular-season games in 2015-16.
“There have been a lot of times when Stammer played center and it worked for us and there have been other times when Stammer played wing and it worked for us,” Cooper said.
Cooper said it is possible Stamkos will start the season at wing and finish the season at center. In other words, what happens during the season will dictate how Stamkos is used.
“We had success with him on the wing in the playoffs, but by no means I’m I saying that is his position,” Cooper said.
Cooper has talked to Stamkos about it. “He has been a natural center, so it was an adjustment for him,” Cooper said. “But he’s not one of those guys who walks in and says, ‘OK, I will try this for two games. Stammer gets it. If it is best for the team, he will do it.”
Stamkos said he does feel that he is a natural center and is more comfortable there.
“But I take it as a compliment that they think I can play another position that I’m not familiar with and be confident in my abilities.” Stamkos said. “You have to be willing sometimes to make sacrifices for the betterment of the team.”
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from Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,
Call me crazy, but for some reason I envisioned the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft doing just a little bit better in his initial big-league season. Further to that, I thought he’d be given more of a chance to succeed.
How the heck can a team that finished 30th last season, thereby earning the right to pick first (after winning the lottery, of course) justify mistreating its prized possession this way?
from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,
Seen Stamkos? Those billboards are all over town, touting the virtues of the 18-year-old the Bolts chose Friday with the No. 1 pick in the draft.
I have a better idea, at least for incoming owner Oren Koules.
That would be Michael Jordan, who has never played hockey (so far as we know). That didn’t stop former Bolts owner Art Williams from declaring 10 years ago on a night just like this that Vinny Lecavalier would become “the Michael Jordan of hockey.” Then, as now, the Bolts built the kid into Superman without bothering to wait for him to grow.
They made Vinny the savior of the franchise before he even knew his way around town.
What’s the NHL Draft all about for the players? James Duthie asks Steve Stamkos in the Ottawa Citizen:
“Having everyone here to watch is what makes it special. Your family, your coaches, your friends, I think it’s a moment where they all realize the influence they’ve had on your life. That they’ve been a big part of your success.”
Duthie notes that there have been about 1,300 tickets allotted for families and friends at this draft… which is far short of the 3,000 requests.