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Comparing Stamkos

Much has been made about how Steven Stamkos didn’t get a point in his first seven games. His first assist was a secondary one in his eighth game in Toronto, though he potted two goals and an assist last night against Buffalo.

Four points, nine games. A lot of megastar NHL careers start slowly (see Thornton, Joe). As a comparison, here’s a gamelog of the first nine games from previous top forward draft picks from each draft class:

2000: Dany Heatley (note that Heatley stayed in college until the 01-02 season)
Game 1: Buffalo, 1 assist
Game 2: Boston, 0 points
Game 3: Carolina, 1 assist
Game 4: Philadelphia, 1 assist
Game 5: New York Rangers, 1 goal
Game 6: Carolina, 0 points
Game 7:  Pittsburgh, 1 goal, 1 assist
Game 8: Washington, 0 points
Game 9: Tampa Bay, 1 assist
Total: 2 goals, 5 assists

2001: Ilya Kovalchuk
Game 1: Buffalo, 0 points
Game 2: Boston, 1 goal
Game 3: Carolina, 0 points
Game 4: Philadelphia, 1 goal
Game 5: New York Rangers, 1 goal
Game 6: Carolina, 0 points
Game 7:  Pittsburgh, 1 goal
Game 8: Washington, 1 goal
Game 9: Tampa Bay, 1 goal
Total: 6 goals

2002: Rick Nash
Game 1: Chicago, 1 goal
Game 2: New Jersey, 0 points
Game 3: Phoenix, 0 points
Game 4: Florida, 0 points
Game 5: Tampa Bay, 0 points
Game 6: San Jose, 1 assist
Game 7: Los Angeles, 0 points
Game 8: Chicago, 1 assist
Game 9: Dallas, 0 points
Total: 1 goal, 2 assists

2003: Eric Staal
Game 1: Florida, 0 points
Game 2, New Jersey, 0 points
Game 3, Florida, 0 points
Game 4, New York Rangers, 0 points
Game 5, Pittsburgh, 0 points
Game 6, Boston, 1 goal, 1 assist
Game 7, Philadelphia, 1 assist
Game 8, San Jose, 1 assist
Game 9, New York Rangers, 1 assist
Total: 1 goal, 4 assists

2004: Alexander Ovechkin
Game 1: Columbus, 2 goals
Game 2: Atlanta, 1 assist
Game 3: Atlanta, 1 assist
Game 4: New York Rangers, 1 goal
Game 5: Carolina, 1 goal
Game 6: New York Islanders, 1 assist
Game 7: Tampa Bay, 1 assist
Game 8: Florida, 2 goals
Game 9: Carolina, 0 points
Total: 6 goals, 4 assists

2005: Sidney Crosby
Game 1: New Jersey, 1 assist
Game 2: Carolina, 1 assist
Game 3: Boston, 1 goal, 2 assists
Game 4: Buffalo, 1 assist
Game 5: Philadelphia, 1 goal, 1 assist
Game 6: Tampa Bay, 1 assist
Game 7: New Jersey, 0 points
Game 8: Boston, 2 assists
Game 9: Florida, 1 assist
Total: 2 goals, 10 assists

2006: Jordan Staal
Game 1: Philadelphia, 0 points
Game 2: Detroit, 0 points
Game 3: New York Rangers, 1 goal
Game 4: Carolina, 0 points
Game 5: New Jersey, 0 points
Game 6: New York Islanders, 0 points
Game 7: Columbus, 2 goals
Game 8: New Jersey, 1 goal
Game 9: Philadelphia, 1 assist
Total: 4 goals, 1 assist

2007: Patrick Kane
Game 1: Minnesota, 0 points
Game 2: Detroit, 1 assist
Game 3: San Jose, 1 assist
Game 4: Detroit, 1 assist
Game 5: Dallas, 1 assist
Game 6: St. Louis, 0 points
Game 7: Colorado, 1 goal, 2 assists
Game 8: Toronto, 2 assists
Game 9: Columbus, 2 goals, 2 assists
Total: 3 goals, 10 assists

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