Ken Holland

NHL teams' focus turns to 'Big Fish' in free agency: Stamkos

As team executives began gathering on the arena floor an hour before the start of the NHL draft's second round Saturday morning, a video highlighting former No. 1 selections began playing on the big-screen video boards.

The first player featured just happened to be Steven Stamkos, the top pick in 2006.

At a time when Arizona-born center Auston Matthews was selected first by Toronto, and on the heels of the buzz the league's expansion into Las Vegas created, the Tampa Lightning captain's presence during the two-day draft in Buffalo was hard to overlook.

Stamkos is set to be, as Sabres general manager Tim Murray put it, the potential "big fish" in the league's...