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"It is obvious to all of our staff in a brief period of time that Steven is a very special young man with great potential. His work ethic and eagerness to learn have been very impressive," said Brian Lawton, the Lightning's vice president of hockey operations.
Stamkos reiterated that he is not fazed by high expectations that come with being the first pick in the draft. He knows comparisons to others selected first overall, including Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Kane, are inevitable.
"I think that's the kind of mentality you have to have coming in -- just work as hard as you can, compete as hard as you can and whatever happens happens," Stamkos said. "Usually if you're willing to do anything for the team, and anything to make yourself a better player, the result usually is going to be a positive one."
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