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Steven Stamkos Trying To Keep Tampa Bay Lightning Afloat

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Every player hits a hot streak at one point or another. Right now, that hot streak has hit Steven Stamkos very hard, and it’s propelling Stamkos to new levels.

Stamkos has seven points in his last five games, and 17 points during the month of February going into Saturday’s play. While the Tampa Bay Lightning may be one of the most inconsistent teams in the NHL this season, it isn’t because of Stamkos and what he is doing right now.

Everyone knows that Stamkos is one of the top two or three players in the NHL. I thought the Lightning star would score 70 points before this season started during the 48 games. Stamkos is at 24 points in his first 16 games, which would give him 72 if he keeps his current pace. With players like Martin St. Louis on the ice with him, scoring opportunities are just going to keep coming for the talented Stamkos.

The only thing that Stamkos can’t do is be a goalie right now, but he is doing everything else very well. There is no other player I would want right now in the NHL over Stamkos, because he possesses an ability that is unmatched throughout the league.

Stamkos may never be the next Wayne Gretzky, but he can become a player that reaches levels that are Gretzky-like by the end of his career. Tampa Bay should be very lucky to have him on their team, and know that he isn’t going to go anywhere in the near future.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.