Steven Stamkos Loses Star Status With Martin St. Louis Departure

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With big names being thrown around the trade market, background stories can tend to be lost. This is what has happened for the Tampa Bay Lightning since they traded Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has taken a hit to his productivity since the exit of linemate St. Louis. In 16 games since St. Louis left the Lightning, Stamkos has had 10 goals, three of which came in one game, and four assists making for a total of 14 points in 16 games.

While those numbers are not bad, they are subpar for a team captain who gets around 20 minutes of ice time per game. Now, in comparison to the numbers he posted while St. Louis was still with the team, 14 goals and nine assists making for 23 total points in 17 games, it becomes even more obvious that his game is lacking.

Even though the points differential is cause for concern, the plus/minus differential is almost breathtaking. In the 16 games without St. Louis, Stamkos is a combined -6. Comparing this to the +11 he posted in the 17 games with St. Louis, there is little doubt that the loss of his teammate has brought Stamkos down to his realistic potential.

Making matters worse for the Lightning, the percentage of goals against while Stamkos is on the ice has risen drastically. When the duo of Stamkos and St. Louis were holding the fort, the Lightning allowed 42 goals through 17 games for an average of 2.47 per game. Given that Stamkos held a +11 rating through that span, the maximum percentage of goals against his line was 31 percent, or 13 goals. Now that St. Louis is gone, the Lightning have allowed 51 goals through 16 games for an average of 3.19 per game. With Stamkos having a rating of -6 through that span, the maximum number of goals against his line is 20, or 39 percent.

Stamkos has always been highly regarded as on the best in the league, but with this reflection of stats, is he really? Without having a perfect match as a linemate, it seems that Stamkos has become just another player on the ice, and his star potential has left him. He will have to work harder than he ever has before if he wants to prove himself as one of the NHL‘s elite forwards.

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  • Lauren Burg

    I have to disagree. Stamkos has helped the power play, which was awful when he was out those four months. St. Louis was not as big a presence on the man advantage, nor did he really help it. The team stats reflect that, as our power play was bottom half of the league with St. Louis & without Stamkos, but now it’s at least average.

    Besides, did you ever try coming back from a severely broken leg after only 4 months? It’s not easy. He probably won’t be 100 percent until next season, something he’s made public at least once. Plus, he came back to the unexpected and added pressure of being captain.

    So, all that being said, it isn’t fair to say he’s not a star just because St. Louis left. St. Louis was incredibly selfish in making the choice he did, and Stamkos was left making sure this team got into the playoffs, etc.

    For what Stamkos has done, I think he’s adding to his “star” status. Of course, you sound like a hater, so I’ll just say “Haters going to hate”.

  • Kenny Thomas

    I think you’re wrong. And besides, with Drouin coming up next year, Stamkos shouldn’t need to worry about not having a great playmaker.

  • Kara

    I didn’t realize that a player’s elite status was dictated by another. And for a player to come back from an extensive injury, only to lose a valued “wingman”, and take over the team, as well as he has, makes him a star in itself. No, he may not have the flashiness right now that people are so used to seeing, but he’s gaining ground as the rest of the team settles back in around him.
    So give our new captain a break and allow him a chance to get everything in order before deciding he’s no longer that good. Then come back with this in a season or two if he still fails to impress because I don’t think there’s a chance that he won’t.

  • AJ

    What? 14 points in 16 and loses star status cause Marty is gone? You do know the guy just got back from breaking his leg? And how well is Marty doing in NYR? Oh yeah, 4 points in 17 games. Maybe it’s Marty who needs Stammer a lot more than Stammer needs Marty.

  • Tanker Kevo

    There’s no doubt Tampa misses St. Louis.

    It’s fortunate for Tampa that their number one line of Filpula, Callahan, and Johnson have been as productive as they have been. Stamkos on the second line is a sign of Tampa’s depth. Johnson is a beast few around the league have gotten to know yet, but the spotlight is coming.

    As far as the future is concerned, Tampa already has a replacement for St. Louis:
    Jonathan Drouin

    Though Droin is untested at the this level, I believe Drouin and Stamkos are going to mesh quite well when he is called up next season.

    This may not be Tampa’s season, bit they will be a force for years to come.

    • callie

      There is no missing a guy that didn’t want to be here.

  • j lynch

    This is unfair because so many of the Lightning players are NHL rookies and they are still learning the ropes and working out their game. Stamkos is carrying an extra large burden. Also, I saw Marty the other night playing against the Senators and he looked so skillful yet completely ineffective, like a kid who wants to get in on the party but can’t figure out how. So Marty is skating on a line with two seasoned veterans and can’t score, and Stamkos is skating with two newbies and is doing a decent job. It is a team sport, after all.

  • Matthew Milne

    This site is a parody like the Onion right?

  • Ray

    Ever heard of small sample size? Too soon to draw any conclusions. Sitting out 3+ months plus changing line mates easily explains his lowered production in the short term. But watching him you can see that he is rounding back into form. Come playoff time he should be ready. Total troll post.

  • Bennett Newsome

    HA! This article is laughable at best. Why don’t you wright about Marty’s stats since he became a Ranger… At least that way we’d all agree with you that he’s lost his star status.

  • Dudde

    This article is an obvious troll job. How many point per game guys are their in the NHL right now? Seven or eight max, a point per game guy is just another guy on the ice, a guy who averages over .75 goals per game this season highest in the league with a shooting % of 22. Stamkos season is 35gms, 25g, 15a, 40p as of my writing this while playing on a leg that is 80% at best for 18 of said games. This article is nothing more then to incite reaction so to that you did good, if this was suppose to be legit then you sir are a hack.