John Tavares Underwent Hand Surgery, Expected to Be Ready for Start of Season

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders in action against the New Jersey Devils on February 18, 2017 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Islanders 3-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders superstar center John Tavares underwent hand surgery in April, but he is expected to be ready for the 2017-18 season. 

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the surgery repaired a lingering issue, and while Tavares' hand is still in a cast, it is scheduled to be removed next week.

The 26-year-old Tavares led the Isles with 66 points in 2016-17 by virtue of 28 goals and 38 assists.

Despite that, it marked his worst statistical season since his rookie campaign of 2009-10 excluding seasons in which he appeared in fewer than 77 games.

The Islanders missed out on the playoffs by just one point, and they are expected to contend for a postseason position once again in 2017-18.

The upcoming season will be a key one for Tavares, as it marks the final year of his contract before potentially hitting free agency and landing a monster deal.

Tavares has been among the best and most consistent forwards in the NHL since entering the league as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009.

He has registered 537 points in 587 career games and is a former finalist for the Hart Trophy given to the NHL's MVP.

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