John Tavares was happily selected and introduced by the New York Islanders one year ago at the NHL Entry Draft. John is probably one of the most prolific scorers in the Junior Hockey history, not far behind another young phenom "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky. John Tavares brought the Islanders fans on their feet 24 times in 2009-2010. We see his skill and potential to score many many goals in the National Hockey League, but the fans are eager for him to become a major factor in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference match-ups.
Not very many young hockey players can tally 24 goals in their rookie season, not to mention a 54 point production going unscathed in an 82 game regular season schedule. John Tavares had the determination and skill to accomplish just that last year, but where will he be this time next year?
20, 30, 40 goal scorer in the NHL a possibility? Looks like Steven Stamkos really took his play up a notch when he registered 51 goals with the Lightning as a sophomore, now is the Tavares Time.
John Tavares looks as if he will play alongside a developing Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson who signed a new contract with Garth Snow this summer. The trio boasted career years for each and became a big contributor to the offense apart from Doug Weight, John Bailey and company. Now that new defenseman James Wisniewski joined the back end. Watch for John Tavares to receive more tape-to-tape passes to go on an offensive display.
The Islanders should be excited for what future lies ahead.
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