The New York Islanders John Tavares has completely disappeared over his past 32 games, scoring only 2 goals and 6 assists in that time.
That may be a reflection on just how bad the Islanders are more than anything else. However, Tavares still sits third overall in points on the club with 35, and trails the leader Kyle Okposo by just five.
Yes, it has been an up and down season to say the least for the rookie sensation who broke Wayne Gretzky's record for most goals by a 16-year-old in the OHL with 72.
He has been compared to some of the greats at an early age, and despite his struggles, the 19-year-old Tavares still has the skill and overall hockey smarts that is going to make him a big star in the NHL one day.
It may just take a little longer than expected.
That being said, I thought I would take a look at some NHL rookies that took awhile to develop despite being can't miss prospects.
What's that old saying, "you have to learn to crawl before you can walk," well these guys definitely crawled at first, but ran after that.