Without question, Steven Stamkos is the best pure goal scorer in the NHL today. Much like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe changed the game for their generations, Stamkos is doing the same for the present. His goal-scoring knack will cement him as one of the best goal scorers of all time.
At just 23 years old, the Tampa Bay Lightning superstar is already in elite company. He is fourth in NHL history in goals scored by age 23 (186 goals). Only Gretzky, Lemieux and Dale Hawerchuk have more goals by that time.
His birthday was just over a week ago (February 7), and he is developing other aspects of his offensive game to be even more of a headache for defenses. With his best years in front of him, here is why Stamkos will go down as one of the best scorers in NHL history.