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NHL Lockout 2012: Steven Stamkos skates with OHL Oshawa

The 22-year-old star was back on the ice with an OHL team Wednesday.

Harry How

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos skated with the Oshawa Generals of the junior Ontario League at a practice on Wednesday, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

"This was my first opportunity to get out there," Stamkos said. "They're a really good team this year, a good coaching staff, well-run practices, so it was good to get back to that practice atmosphere."

Stamkos joined Pittsburgh Penguins' left wing James Neal and New York Islanders' center Josh Bailey at the practice. Stamkos, who had been working out in Toronto and skated in pickup games, said they all practiced on the same line to try and keep up with the OHL players who are in mid-season form.

Stamkos is one of the bright young stars of the NHL. The four-year veteran had his best season in the league last season, scoring 60 goals and racking up a career-high 97 points.

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