John Tavares has been on fire so far this season. Sure, it's only been four games, but he really has been impressing me.
In his last two games, Tavares has racked up five goals and three assists, all eight of his points so far this season.
One can say that Tavares doesn't deserve all of his goals. In the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, his shot was knocked in by Victor Hedman, and one of his others was an empty-netter against the New York Rangers.
But goals are goals, and let's face it, it hasn't been just about the points for Tavares so far.
He's been getting better and better each season. In his rookie season, he scored 24 goals and 30 assists. In his sophomore season, he improved to 29 goals and 38 assists.
This year, he's already up to eight points. Tavares is becoming stronger and more adept to the NHL level. He's also faster, and smarter as well.
Tavares has been able to hold his own against opponents trying to knock him off the puck, and has been setting up teammates Matt Moulson and P.A. Parenteau for some goals.
His presence isn't just felt in the box score, it's been felt on the ice as well. In fact, I believe he'll have a 40-goal, 80-plus-point season.
So NHL, look out, because Johnny will keep scoring. He's the real deal.