The Tampa Bay Lightning saw their efforts in the 2013 season fall short of a playoff berth, but there a few players who put together impressive seasons on a personal level. While Steven Stamkos gets most of the glory and a lot of the attention, it was Martin St. Louis that finished the season leading the team (and the league) in points, despite being 37 years old. As the Lightning look to bounce back next season, they will need another big effort from St. Louis, which shouldn’t be a problem since the veteran forward has shown no signs of slowing down as he ages.
Not only did St. Louis become the oldest player to take home the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring, he also set the mark for the longest gap between wins (he last won in 2003-04). Only St. Louis and Evgeni Malkin have won the award multiple times in the past decade, and it’s just as amazing that St. Louis can lead a team that features Stamkos in scoring as it is when Malkin does it while playing with Sidney Crosby. Stamkos scored 29 goals and had 57 points, while St. Louis had 17 goals and 43 assists. Both see top-line time, and it would be hard to argue that either would be as successful without the other playing by his side. The Lightning saw Vincent Lecavalier‘s production drop off a bit this season, which made the strong effort from St. Louis even more vital to their success.
St. Louis has been close to a point-per-game his entire career, and while he may not have much time left in the league, he should at least be around long enough to help the Lightning rebound and help mentor the next wave of players.