John Tavares, the first overall pick of the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft, had what you could call a disappointing rookie season.
After starting off with a bang scoring his first NHL goal in his very first game and leading much of the rookie class in scoring for most of the season, Tavares hit a cold streak. He twice had streaks of seven, and one of five games where he was held scoreless.
Out of 15 teams, the Islanders finished 13th in the Eastern Conference and Tavares' numbers suffered. Although he finished the last eight games of his rookie season with 11 points, he failed to finish in the in the top three for the Calder Trophy, also known as the NHL Rookie of the Year.
His sophomore season however has proven to be a solid rebound for the former No. 1 pick. Through 54 games played, Tavares already has 21 goals, 26 assists and 47 total points. In his rookie season where he played in all 82 games, he finished with 24 goals, 30 assists and 54 total points.
Already this season, Tavares has two hat tricks and has gone on scoring streaks of five, six and five games. He is tied for second on the Islanders in goals and leads the team in assists and points.
With 25 games remaining in the season and barring any injuries, Tavares should surpass his rookie numbers in fewer games played. For the Islanders, this is a good sign for the hope, growth and possibility of a renewal for the once-dominant franchise.