by PuckStopsHere on 10/26/10 at 08:47 PM ET
A little over a week ago, I picked Brad Richards of the Dallas Stars as the early season MVP, as is usually the case, things change rapidly early in the season. Richards has clearly been overtaken by Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos is the top scorer in the NHL with 15 points (nobody else has above 11 points). Stamkos is tied for the NHL lead with eight goals. He also has a team leading +8 +/- rating.
Steve Stamkos is quickly becoming one of the biggest stars in the NHL and at this rate could soon be a serious candidate in any debate for the best hockey player in the world. Last year, Stamkos’s second in the NHL, was his breakout year where he tied for the NHL goal scoring lead with 51 goals. This summer, I ranked Stamkos as the fifth best player in the NHL and third best forward and I think he is showing that ranking if it is incorrect is too low.
Most people argue that the best player in the NHL is one of Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. How long until Stamkos becomes the third choice or eclipse one of the other two?
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