With Martin St. Louis now a New York Ranger, it appears the Tampa Bay Lightning have selected the obvious choice to replace him as team captain.

Stamkos, who is making his return to the lineup Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres after 45-game absence due to a broken tibia suffered in November, previously served as an alternate captain.

Either way, the Lightning will no doubt welcome Stamkos and his scoring prowess back to the lineup with wide-open arms.