Stamkos to play vs. Penguins
No. 1 draft choice Steven Stamkos plays his first professional game Saturday against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Coach Barry Melrose released the roster for the game, and, as he promised, it is a young one. Stamkos is by far the biggest name on the list. We'll have a Stamkos story in Saturday's paper, but here are a couple of quotes.
Coach Barry Melrose hoped the Penguins dress Sidney Crosby. "That would be awesome for the kid," Melrose said of Stamkos."
"What I'm going to tell Steven is, 'I just want you to go out there and play the exact same way you did in junior,' " Melrose added. " 'Try the same things, do the things that made you great, play with confidence, shoot the puck, make plays and just work your butt off.' He's going to play on the power play and that's what I want to see out of him."
"I'm pretty excited, actually," Stamkos said. "It's good to get this training camp underway ... I'm very excited to get that first exhibition game over (on Saturday)."
Like I said, more in Saturday's paper.
LIGHTNING ROSTER VS. PENGUINS: Goaltenders -- Mike Smith, Karri Ramo. Forwards -- Jussi Jokinen, Radek Smolenak, Evgeny Artyukhin, David Koci, Steven Stamkos, Zenon Konopka, Wyatt Smith, Ryan Craig, Michel Quellet, Brandon Bochenski, Jason Ward, Chris Lawrence. Defensemen -- Andy Rogers, Janne Niskala, Matt Smaby, Jamie Heward, Vladimir Mihalik, Andrew Hutchinson.