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John Tavares | Center | #91

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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John Tavares' three assists on Sunday could not spur the Islanders in a 4-3 loss to Carolina.
Tavares set up Anders Lee for a pair and Josh Bailey for a goal to rally the Isles back from an early deficit to make a game of it. The soon-to-be free agent has 32 goals and 73 points in 71 games this season. Mar 18 - 7:52 PM

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John Tavares will play on the left wing on Sunday.

It's an experiment that will allow Tavares to play on a line with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. Weight is interested to see how Tavares and Barzal might perform together. Individually, both have been great this season with Tavares at the 70-point mark and Barzal at 72 points. "It doesn’t mean he’s going to play wing and it doesn’t mean he’s not a centerman," Weight said of Tavares. "It’s an experiment. Moving forward, it gives them some experience together. I’m excited to see it."
Mar 18 - 10:58 AM

John Tavares posted a goal with an assist and a game-high eight shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss at Vancouver.

Tavares has cooled off recently, posting just one goal and three points with a minus-4 rating across the past seven outings. Maybe he is being distracted by his impending free agency, maybe the losing by the Islanders is starting to weigh on him or perhaps he is mentally not there while considering signing a long-term deal with the club before the end of the deal. Either way, something is amiss.
Mar 6 - 2:40 AM

John Tavares is leaving the door open to potentially re-signing with the Islanders before the season ends.

Tavares can walk this summer if he wants and that makes him the Islanders' ultimate X-factor going forward. He is the core of the Islanders and they decided against trading him away because of that, even though they are now running the risk of losing him for nothing as an UFA. It's clear he might still re-sign though. He was asked if he would be more likely to leave if the Islanders ultimately failed to make the playoffs. "No. No," Tavares said. "Things happen and change so quickly with the standings and how tight it is for us and where we stand right now. I’m never going to close the door on anything, but at the same time, the priority is to help this team get to the playoffs . . . Whether anything [contract-wise] happens between now and then, we’ll see."
Feb 27 - 5:40 AM

John Tavares has been having trouble scoring goals at even strength as of late.

In fact, Tavares has not scored a goal in a five-on-five situation in seven games and has not registered an assist in any situation in the Islanders' last six games. Tavares is understandably frustrated. "All of it starts with me, setting an example for the group", said Tavares. "So, I’ve just got to go out there and be really reliable all over the ice. Five on five we’d like to be a lot more productive." Stay patient with Tavares. he will turn it around.
Feb 24 - 12:12 PM

John Tavares' goal on Tuesday was the 600th point of his career.

Tavares needed 645 games to reach that milestone. At the age of 27, he should have plenty of milestones ahead of him. It's also worth noting that Tavares is closing in on fifth place on the Islanders' all-time points list. That spot is currently held by Brent Sutter, who recorded 610 points with the Islanders. How far up that list Tavares can climb will of course be largely determined by if Tavares re-signs with the Islanders. His contract is set to expire this summer.
Feb 14 - 5:42 AM

John Tavares scored his 29th of the season in a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

Tavares scored his team's lone goal on Tuesday night and is now one goal away from a 30-goal season. In the meantime, Tavares now has 29 goals and 63 points in 58 games this season.
Feb 14 - 12:44 AM

John Tavares is on a four-game point streak.

Tavares extended that run by registering two assists in the Islanders' 7-6 overtime win against Detroit on Friday. He has 28 goals and 62 points in 56 contests this season. He's also just one point shy of the 600th of his career.
Feb 10 - 7:27 AM

John Tavares found the back of the net in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Tavares cut his team's deficit to 3-1 at the 13:06 mark of the second frame. The Islanders managed to tie the game in the third period thanks to goals by Ross Johnston and Anders Lee, but they eventually gave up the game-winning tally to Sam Reinhart. Tavares has now scored in back-to-back games. He's also riding a three-game point streak. The Islanders captain is up to 28 goals and 60 points in 55 games.
Feb 8 - 9:40 PM

Islanders GM Garth Snow made it clear that he won't trade John Tavares.

Some people might argue that the Islanders should be shopping Tavares given that he could walk away for nothing as an unrestricted free agent this summer. That's not an argument that seems to resonate with Snow. "I’m not trading John, I’ve stated that," Snow said. "I know I sound like a broken record but any conversations I have with John or his agent (Pat Brisson) remain private." Obviously the Islanders' hope is that they can sign Tavares to a new contract. Meanwhile, Tavares has only increased his value by scoring 27 goals and 59 points in 54 games this season. Snow also added that he doesn't see the point in surrendering top draft picks for players right now given the Islanders' position in the standings. If the season ended today, the Islanders would finish just shy of a playoff berth.
Feb 8 - 6:20 AM

John Tavares had an assist Saturday.

It was his first point in five games as the center has been slumping of late. The assist gives Tavares 58 points this season as he has been one of the top offensive stars in the NHL. He is a must-start.
Feb 4 - 9:06 AM

John Tavares was blunt about the Islanders' performance following their 5-0 loss to Toronto.

The defeat came after a 4-1 loss to Florida Tuesday night. "It’s really unacceptable the level we’re playing at," Tavares said. "We’re not going to win many hockey games or really be in it the way we played the last couple of nights . . . The way we’ve played the last couple nights is not even close to what we need to be to get where we need to get to . . . It’s hard to be at a certain standard every night, especially in this league, with how competitive it is. We’ve just got to be a lot better." The Islanders dropped to 25-22-5 this season. They're still very much in the hunt for a playoff spot, but their defense and goaltending have been major issues all season long.
Feb 1 - 5:43 AM

Steven Stamkos has been impressed with the season of John Tavares as well as how he is handling impending free agency.

Tavares thus far is playing out his final year on his contract and has not signed an extension with the Islanders. "If he ever asked me, I’d give him my opinion but he is obviously having an unbelievable season and is probably doing a better job of not letting it affect him than maybe I did," Stamkos said. "It’s in the back of your head, for sure, but for him to have the season that he has had under the circumstances probably goes to show you the type of character that I know he has. I think that is what has impressed me the most. He has been able, whenever he has been asked about it, to give the right response and just go out and play the game." Tavares has 57 points in 50 games, which is tied for fifth best in the NHL. He could break his mark of 86 points in a season as he is currently on a pace for 93 points.
Jan 28 - 7:19 AM

John Tavares scored a goal on Thursday night but it wasn't enough as the New York Islanders fell 5-2 to the Boston Bruins.

The goal was Tavares' 25th of the season and he now sits at 55 points in 47 games. He has five points in his last five games. Tavares' goal was assisted by Josh Bailey and came late in the third period when the game was already out of reach.
Jan 18 - 9:46 PM

John Tavares scored twice in the Islanders' 5-4 overtime win against Montreal on Monday.

Tavares' second goal was the overtime winner. He has 24 goals and 54 points in 45 contests, which puts him in a four-way tie for second place in the league's scoring race.
Jan 16 - 8:51 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Mathew Barzal
3Brock Nelson
4Casey Cizikas
5Chris Wagner
LW1Anders Lee
2Andrew Ladd
3Alan Quine
4Shane Prince
5Nikolay Kulemin
6Ross Johnston
RW1Josh Bailey
2Jordan Eberle
3Anthony Beauvillier
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Tanner Fritz
D1Nick Leddy
2Johnny Boychuk
3Calvin de Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Brandon Davidson
7Scott Mayfield
8Adam Pelech
9Ryan Pulock
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss
3Christopher Gibson