Originally written on Tonight's Healthy Scratches  |  Last updated 11/9/14

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning looks on prior to the game against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 19, 2009 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In the months leading up to my 23rd birthday, the only exclusive club I had my sights set on was the those who earned their Bachelor's degree on time, club.

I was denied admittance.

Steven Stamkos, at the ripe age of 22, on the other hand, just etched his name onto a very prestigious VIP list: He now has forever access to The multiple 50-goal seasons before turning 23-years old club. Yeah, I think that's the official name of it.

Tuesday night, in a 6-1 romping of the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, Stamkos netted no. 49 and 50, adding him to the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Alexander Ovechkin, Joe Nieuwendyk, Pavel Bure and Mr. Statue, Mario Lemieux:

Stamkos, who has quickly become the most dangerous and dynamic goal scorer of the League, has found the back of the net 30 times in his past 35 games. It seems like ages ago, when the former first-overall selection wasn't "physically strong enough" to make it in the NHL.

Since struggling in his rookie season, Stamkos has done nothing but dominate those around him in the scoring department. Over the past three seasons, Stamkos has scored 146 goals, giving him 35 more goals than his closest competitors, Corey Perry and Ovechkin, who each have 111 tallies over that span.

With 13 games remaining on Tampa's schedule, there's no reason to believe that Stamkos shouldn't shatter his previous career highs in goals (51), and eclipse the 100-point mark for the first time in his career.

What separates Stamkos' scoring from year's past, however, is his effectiveness in all areas of the ice. 40 of his 50 goals (80 percent) have been scored at even strength, up considerably from 62 percent last year, and just over 50 percent during his last 50-goal campaign.

In addition to his 5-on-5 prowess, Stamkos has also made his lethal shot even deadlier, as he is experiencing his highest shooting percentage (20.7 percent) of his career.

It's not like he's just picking his spots, either. Stamkos is still in the top-15 as far as shots are concerned.

Whether it's a blistering shot from the high slot, a silky-smooth deke making opposing defensemen and goalies alike looking plain silly, or channeling his inner Phil Esposito with a garbage goal; Stamkos is going to beat you, and he's going to beat you often. Deal with it.


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