John Tavares: The Next "Next One"

Dan NoonCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2008

There's a new kid on the block in the hockey world and his name is John Tavares.

Tavares made his Ontario Hockey League debut in September of 2005, just days before his 15th birthday. He had 45 goals and 77 points in his first year with the Oshawa Generals and raised plenty of eyebrows when he broke Wayne Gretzky's league record for goals by a 16-year-old last season.
On top of that, he's won the 2006 CHL Rookie of the Year Award, the OHL Rookie of the Year award, and the 2007 CHL and OHL Player of the Year in his second season.

He was not even eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft—he's projected to go No. 1 in 2009.