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Steven Stamkos | Center | #91

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (1) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Steven Stamkos should be fine for the 2017-18 campaign, per Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.
Stamkos played in just 17 games in 2016-17 due to a knee injury. There was speculation towards the end of the 2016-17 that he might return before its conclusion, but in the end Stamkos said that they "got ahead of ourselves" when it came to their hopes. He'll continue to rehab over the summer. Apr 27 - 3:18 PM

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Steven Stamkos wasn't as close to returning from his knee injury as people thought.

There was some hope that Stamkos would be back in time for the end of the regular season, but that didn't materialize. He admitted that they, "Got ahead of ourselves." Still, he has the whole summer to recover now and he should be fine for the 2017-18 campaign.
Apr 10 - 11:26 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) feels his recovery has hit a plateau and he is unlikely to return before the end of the regular season.

"It's probably not looking that good," Stamkos said Thursday. "It's frustrating from an individual perspective, where I want to be out there trying to help my team, especially at this (time of) year, but (the knee) just doesn't feel right." It's disappointing that Stamkos probably won't be back for Tampa Bay's last two games of the regular season. The team has played well despite injuries this year and they are still in the playoff hunt.
Apr 7 - 9:42 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) will not return to the Lightning's lineup on Thursday.

At this point, Stamkos isn't likely to return before the end of the regular season. That doesn't represent a setback for Stamkos as his return in 2016-17 was always an uncertainty. He just unfortunately hasn't been able to recover quickly enough to be available before the campaign runs out.
Apr 6 - 1:26 PM

Steven Stamkos (knee) is still in a holding pattern, but he hasn't suffered any setbacks.

"'Day to day?' I could be day to day for three months, really," Stamkos said. "That's what got the ball rolling a little bit (on his expected return). When I'm ready, and I feel I can help my team, I'll be back. The only time it wouldn't be worth it is if we're out of the mix. As long as we're still in the mix, I'd consider it worth it." Tampa Bay has just three games left on the regular season schedule and they sit five points behind Toronto for the final Wild Card spot. Stamkos doesn't want to be a liability, so the Lightning may have to narrow the gap without their star center.
Apr 5 - 10:43 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) will remain on the sidelines Tuesday night.

He was on the ice for the morning skate, but didn't take part in line rushes and stayed out late. Coach Jon Cooper didn't say if Stamkos would be able to play during Tampa Bay's road trip. The Lightning finish the regular season at home against Buffalo. It is still unclear if Stamkos will be available to play.
Apr 4 - 11:39 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) won't play Sunday against Dallas.

Even though he appears to be nearing a return to the lineup there is still no guarantee that he will play before the end of the regular season. Stamkos is being cautious with his recovery and that's good for him in the long run.
Apr 2 - 11:52 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) is not ready to return on Saturday.

He said he is feeling better, but he will not rush himself back into the lineup. Stamkos, who hasn't played since Nov. 15, appears to be getting closer to a return. He is listed as day-to-day.
Apr 1 - 11:52 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) could play in Saturday's game against the Canadiens.

The Bolts are in desperate need of points, as they trail the Bruins by three points in the chase for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. Stamkos has nine goals and 20 points in 17 games this season, but he hasn't suited up since Nov. 15. Getting him back would be a huge boost for a Tampa club that's dealing with so many injuries.
Apr 1 - 10:39 AM

Steven Stamkos (knee) took part in Thursday's morning skate.

Unfortunately Stamkos won't be able to return Thursday night. He might return on Saturday or Sunday though.
Mar 30 - 1:45 PM

Steven Stamkos (knee) is excited that he is close to being ready to return.

"I'm not going to put any dates on it, but I'm just very pleased and excited with how it's feeling," he said after Wednesday's practice. "Sitting here three weeks ago, maybe not thinking it'd feel this good. I'm very optimistic about being able to get where I need to be to hopefully sooner rather than later." Stamkos isn't expected to play Thursday, but could be ready to play as soon as this weekend.
Mar 29 - 4:07 PM

Steven Stamkos (knee) isn't expected to play Thursday despite a very productive practice on Wednesday.

He called Wednesday's session his "best day yet," and added that it is "as close as I've been." Stamkos looked good skating and worked on the second power-play unit. Coach Jon Cooper upgraded Stamkos' status to day-to-day.
Mar 29 - 12:58 PM

Steven Stamkos (knee) isn't sure if he'll be back before the end of the regular season.

"When it's 100 percent, I'll be back," Stamkos said Friday after he returned to practice. "It's a question I can't answer. I've had a lot of ups and downs in this rehab process, where it feels like it's never going to get better. Then you have a week where it goes through the roof in regards to how you're feeling. I'll be playing when it feels ready. And I can't say it feels ready right now. But it was a start." Coach Jon Cooper added that Stamkos' return was not imminent. Still, he is taking some encouraging steps in the right direction. The Lightning only have 12 games left on the schedule and they are in a tight fight for a playoff spot.
Mar 18 - 9:49 AM

Although Steven Stamkos (knee) took part in Friday's practice, but it seems his return is not imminent.

In fact there's still no guarantee that Stamkos will return before the end of the campaign. He's not 100% yet and he won't be playing until he reaches that point. Unfortunately it's not clear how much longer he needs to get there.
Mar 17 - 1:36 PM

Steven Stamkos (knee) is participating in Friday's practice in a normal jersey as opposed to a no-contact one.

Stamkos took part in line rushes with Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov. This is very encouraging, but it doesn't necessarily mean that Stamkos' return is imminent. We'll have to wait for more news from the Lightning.
Mar 17 - 12:16 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Johnson
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Cedric Paquette
4Steven Stamkos
LW1Jonathan Drouin
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Greg McKegg
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Andrej Sustr
6Luke Witkowski
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj