He's not going to demand a trade, nor would he have any clout doing so. If he were anyone other than Stamkos, he'd have been sent back to junior already, but the coaching staff knows he has nothing to prove or learn there. What would be best for him is the AHL, but of course that's not an option. Better that they keep him in his limited role and let him get more accustomed to the NHL game.
Seriously, when will people realize that players like Stamkos and Lecavalier only want to play in cities like Montreal and Toronto. Just like Vincent, Stamkos will bolt for one of the big hockey markets in Canada.
Off topic but are you aware how close Toronto was to getting Lecavalier back in 2001?
Stamkos is getting 13-14 mins a game on the ice. That's right about where he should be. Maybe one or two more minutes, but it's pretty close.
He's not going to get any PK time, so when Tampa takes penalties in the game, especially in bunches as they tend to do, it's gonna get his ice time.
Stamkos more or less IS Lecavalier in his rookie season. I think they'll end up having similar point totals. It's gonna take the kid time. This thread is nuts. Though we certainly shouldn't expect it to be closed any time soon because someone would just need to make another thread for non stop Tampa bashing and the mods want to keep the bashing to a single thread.
I agree. He wouldn't be doing himself any favours around the league by asking for a trade as a rookie, but I could see him going for an early free agency. I'm not so sure that he likes playing in Tampa very much. He'd rather play in a city where hockey is more prevalent.
so.. because of his difficulties in his first reason, he would already be thinking "In 7 years, I get out of here!!" with no possibilities of changing his mind...