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Stamkos working on faceoffs, wants to be better two-way player

Oct 10, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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One of the most dangerous goal-scorers in the game, Steven Stamkos has only been average when it comes to taking faceoffs.

In 2013, the Lightning’s 23-year-old sniper won just under half the 819 draws he took, finishing with a win rate of 49.6 percent. And after three games of the 2013-14 season, his win rate is a woeful 33.3 percent.

So he’s working on it.

Per the Tampa Bay Times, Stamkos has sought the advice of new teammate Valtteri Filppula, a center who won 55.4% of the draws he took last season for the Red Wings.

“The most important thing is to talk about it,” Filppula said. “There are a lot of ways to take faceoffs, so it’s tough to say one or two things you do. You need a little luck, too.”

Stamkos’ desire for improvement extends beyond the faceoff dot. By his comments, it’s clear he wants to be known as more than an offensive specialist.

“It’s the (penalty kill) and being out there when you’re up a goal late in the game, not being a liability defensively, playing solid at both ends of the rink,” Stamkos said. “That’s the player I want to be.”

  1. matt14gg - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Total respect for this guy. He’s a great player, but like the truly great ones he still wants to get better. If you want to know how much Stamkos cares/wants to win, refer to game seven of the playoffs against the Bruins a few years ago. He came back and finished the game even tho he was clearly in a LOT of pain. I’d say Stamkos is a “warrior”, but really he’s just a “hockey player”.

  2. ntvd7 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    “Steven Stamkos is not ready for the NHL” -Barry Melrose

    The kid is a winner, he wants it, he’ll get it…

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