The best part of all is that he'll have two buddies along for the ride.
Stamkos, Schenn and Doughty have kept in close contact since becoming friends.
"We're texting each other all the time, a phone call here and there,'' said Stamkos. "We got to spend a couple days at the Young Guns game in Montreal together and had a good time there. When we play each other, we'll try to get out for dinner the night before games.
"We definitely keep in touch. It's pretty cool when you have someone around your same age to share some experiences with that you're going through.''