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John Tavares | Center | #91

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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John Tavares scored at the 12:32 minute mark of the second period as the New York Islanders lost a 6-2 contest to the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night.
Tavares is riding a three-game streak with a goal scored and has now earned points in his last five games. Notably Tavares took the lead in regard to goals for the Islanders with an assist from Anders Lee. Tavares and Lee entered the game with eight goals apiece and a share of the top of the board. With his 22nd point for the season, Tavares has a substantial buffer over Brock Nelson’s 17. Dec 10 - 10:48 PM

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John Tavares extended his magnificent run on points with his seventh goal of the season during Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.

The Islanders' Captain has yet to go consecutive games without missing the scoreboard since the first two games of the campaign. That means he has 20 points over his last 23 games.
Dec 6 - 11:53 PM

With his 12th helper of the season, John Tavares now has points in three of his last four games.

Heck, the Islanders even beat the Caps 3-0 on Thursday. Their Captain is now up to 18 points in 23 games. He's shooting at just 8.7%, well below his career mark of 12.8%.
Dec 2 - 1:00 AM

Superstar John Tavares scored a goal and assisted on the New York Islanders' overtime winner in a 2-1 triumph Monday night over the visiting Calgary Flames.

Tavares picked up his sixth goal of the season to give the Isles a 1-0 lead at 7:28 of the first period. Thomas Hickey netted the game winner with 3:07 remaining in OT to seal the win for the Isles. Hickey redirected a backhand flip by Tavares to record his second goal of the season.
Nov 28 - 10:26 PM

John Tavares scored a goal in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tavares tied the game at one with his power play goal at the 19:31 mark of the second period. The Islanders held a 2-1 lead until the final minute of regulation when the Flyers tied it. Tavares missed his attempt in the shootout, while Claude Giroux converted for Philadelphia. Tavares has five goals and nine points in 11 games this season.
Nov 3 - 10:40 PM

John Tavares found the back of the net in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens.

Tavares' power play goal at the 15:17 mark of the second period tied the game at one. The Islanders captain finished the game with three shots on goal and a blocked shot in just over 19 minutes of ice time. Tavares has four points in his last two contests and six points in seven games overall this season. Dennis Seidenberg also scored for the Isles.
Oct 26 - 10:08 PM

John Tavares lit the lamp twice and added an assist while leading the Islanders to a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.

Tavares was due to break out after managing just two points through the first five games of the season. The impending unrestricted free agent should put up terrific numbers this year with his elite skillset.
Oct 23 - 10:11 PM

John Tavares was slashed on his left thumb during Thursday's opener, but he appears to be fine.

Tavares stayed in the game and he practiced fully on Friday. The Islanders captain was hacked by the Rangers forward J.T. Miller in the third period.
Oct 15 - 9:36 AM

John Tavares will start the regular season on a line with P.A. Parenteau and Andrew Ladd.

Both players were inked during free agency and while Parenteau and Tavares have some history together in New York, Ladd is a newcomer. Tavares had a tough season a year ago but put it together in the second half to end up with 33 goals and 70 points. Look for 80-plus points from the talented center who is just 29 points from 500 in an Islander uniform. He will become the first to do so since Pat Lafontaine turned the trick in the 1990-91 season.
Oct 9 - 9:06 AM

Playing for Team Canada in the World Cup has put John Tavares in a good position going into the regular season.

"I played nine games in a best-on-best tournament, at that pace, physically you’re as ready as you can be," Tavares said. "Now it’s about making sure you get enough rest, maintaining that level and trying to build some chemistry, getting back to our systems here and the role you’re playing here." Tavares started reacquainting himself with the Islanders on Tuesday when he participated in the team's practice. It remains to be seen if he'll participate in Wednesday's preseason game, but if he doesn't then he will probably play on Sunday.
Oct 5 - 5:14 AM

The New York Islanders will get their captain back on Tuesday.

John Tavares, who has spent the last month winning the World Cup with Team Canada, will rejoin his team after a well-earned rest. Draft accordingly.
Oct 2 - 7:22 PM

John Tavares scored two goals in a 5-2 win over USA on Saturday night.

Tavares also finished the contest with a team high seven shots on goal. He has the tough task of leading the Islanders back to the post-season after the team lost Okposo, Nielsen and Matt Martin in free agency. He played this contest alongside Ducks teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Tavares is averaging over a point per game over his last five seasons in Long Island and his offensive attributes will be a huge boost to team Canada.
Sep 10 - 10:12 PM

The Islanders' off-season moves haven't sunk in for John Tavares.

The Islanders lost Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin in free agency and added Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and P.A. Pareanteau. "It hasn’t even really sunk in, maybe until you don’t see them at training camp or during the season, and that hasn’t happened yet," Tavares said. "I don’t think people realize how much I lean on Kyle and Frans, as well as guys like Travis [Hamonic], Clutter [Cal Clutterbuck], Johnny Boychuk. Having those different perspectives is a huge help. And personally for me, you go through a lot of ups and downs and you’re trying to manage a lot of things. When you have people you can rely on, especially with those friendships I have with Kyle and Frans are deep."
Aug 21 - 12:49 PM

John Tavares isn't interested in leaving the New York Islanders.

Tavares is scheduled to become a free agent in the summer of 2018, but it sounds like has has no intention of leaving the team. "I don’t really have any reason to leave and I think we have a great makeup and a team that can do something special this year," Tavares said in an exclusive interview with Newsday. "I’ve always expressed my love for playing for Long Island. It’s where I started, it’s all I know in the NHL. The opportunity they’ve given me, I would love to see it all the way through and win a Stanley Cup. It’s rare to see players stay in one place their whole career. There’s obviously still a lot of time, but Long Island is where I enjoy playing, I love being the captain there and they’ve treated me so well."
Aug 15 - 6:10 PM

John Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent in two seasons, but he wants to stay with the New York Islanders.

"I think I've always showed my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island," Tavares told Sportsnet 590. "I would love for that to continue for the long haul. I think you look at some of the greatest players in the game have been able to spend their entire career somewhere. I hope I'm in that same position." The Islanders can begin negotiating a contract extension next July 1 and that will be a top priority for GM Garth Snow.
Jul 27 - 12:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Casey Cizikas
4Mikhail Grabovski
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Anders Lee
3Anthony Beauvillier
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Shane Prince
RW1Ryan Strome
2Jason Chimera
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Alan Quine
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Calvin de Haan
7Adam Pelech
8Scott Mayfield
9Ryan Pulock
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss
3Jean-Francois Berube