Steven Stamkos Potentially Out for 4-6 Months

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Tampa Bay Lighting captain and forward Steven Stamkos will likely miss 4-6 months after having surgery to repair his torn meniscus.

Stamkos, 26, was drafted 1st overall in the 2008 NHL draft by the Lightning. He has scored 321 goals and tallied 261 assists for a total of 582 points in 586 career games. That is nearly an average of one point per game over his entire career, which began over 8 years ago. Stamkos is no stranger to injuries, as in the 2012-2013 season, he only played in 48 games. In the 2013-2014 season, he only played in 37 games. In the 17 games Stamkos played during this season, he scored 9 goals and tallied 11 assists, giving him a total of 20 points. He has only taken 14 penalty minutes this year.

The Lightning currently sit in 6th place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-6-1 record, which gives them 21 points. This is a huge loss for the Lightning as they look to make the playoffs this year. Hopefully Stamkos can be back out on the ice as soon as possible, but the Lightning don’t want to risk him getting injured again by using him too soon.