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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
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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

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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

The Tampa Bay Lightning did a good job of shutting down John Tavares in the second round.

Tavares had no points and a minus-five rating in the Islanders' final four games of the 2016 playoffs. That's in contrast to the first round series against Florida when Tavares was a huge factor and even scored the series-clinching goal. All-in-all, he had an impressive six goals and 11 points in 11 postseason games, but the vast majority of that came against Florida rather than Tampa Bay.
May 9 - 9:00 AM

John Tavares and the New York Islanders have been eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 on Sunday.

The Islanders just appeared to run out of gas, as they were beaten 4-0 tonight. Tavares finished the game with a minus-2 rating, one shot on goal and four penalty minutes in his final game of the season. Tavares finishes the playoffs with six goals and 11 points in 11 games. Not many people expected the Isles to make it to the second round of the postseason, but they’ll be disappointed by the fact that they let multiple third period leads slip away.
May 8 - 5:50 PM

John Tavares had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win against Tampa Bay in Game 1 Wednesday night.

Tavares now has six goals and 11 points in seven contests during the 2016 playoffs. He's building a reputation for himself as a big game player, especially after his pivotal role in the Islanders' series-clinching 2-1 double OT win against Florida on Sunday.
Apr 28 - 11:17 AM

John Tavares scored a pair of goals in Sunday's 2-1 double OT win over the Florida Panthers in Game 6.

Not only did Tavares score the game-winner in double OT, but he also forced overtime by scoring the game-tying goal with 53.2 seconds remaining in the third period. The 25-year-old finished the game with six shots on goal and two blocked shots in 34:49 of ice time. The Islanders have won a series for the first time since 1993. They'll take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round.
Apr 24 - 11:43 PM

John Tavares scored a power-play goal for the New York Islanders Wednesday night during a 2-1 loss to the visiting Florida Panthers.

It was Tavares' third goal of the postseason. The Panthers, however, evened up the best-of-seven first round series 2-2. After a goalless first period, Tavares tied the game at 1-1 at 19:44 of the second period.
Apr 21 - 12:09 AM

John Tavares registered two assists in the Islanders' 4-3 overtime win versus Florida in Game 3 on Sunday.

Tavares is on a seven-game point streak that dates back to the regular season. In the playoffs he has two goals and six points in three contests.
Apr 18 - 6:20 AM

John Tavares scored a goal in the Islanders' 3-1 loss in Game 2 of their series against Florida.

Tavares was clearly New York's best player in last night's win and he was the only Islander to find the back of the net on Friday. Tavares cut Florida's lead to 2-1 with under four minutes remaining in regulation. Unfortunately for the Islanders, that's as close as they would come to tying the game. Nick Leddy and Kyle Okposo picked up the assists on New York's only goal. The series is now tied 1-1 going back to Brooklyn.
Apr 15 - 10:33 PM

John Tavares carried his team into Florida and picked up a goal and two assists in Game 1 to help the Islanders take a 1-0 series lead on Thursday night.

The 25-year-old now has 14 points in 14 career playoff games. Although Tavares didn't produce as much offense as usual during the regular season, the Isles captain proved to be ready to take charge in the post-season. The teams get right back at it for Game 2 on Friday night.
Apr 14 - 11:07 PM

John Tavares will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's season finale against the Flyers.

The Islanders' captain's regular season comes to an end on a four game goal streak, in which he posted four goals and nine points. Though Tavares' production waxed and waned a bit more than usual in 2015-16, he still finished with 33 goals and 70 points in 78 games.
Apr 10 - 6:06 PM

John Tavares is now riding a four game goal streak.

Thanks to his 33rd goal of the season, that is. The tally however wasn't enough as the Islanders fell 4-3 to Buffalo in overtime. Tavares has posted 70 points this season, with four goals and nine points over the streak.
Apr 10 - 1:10 AM

John Tavares notched a goal and an assist to help the Islanders beat the Rangers 4-1 and complete their first sweep of their crosstown rivals in team history.

Tavares now has three straight multi-point games, with five goals and eight points in that span. Overall, the captain has 69 points in 77 contests.
Apr 7 - 11:41 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Mikhail Grabovski
4Casey Cizikas
5Alan Quine
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Anders Lee
3Jason Chimera
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Eric Boulton
6Shane Prince
RW1P. A. Parenteau
2Ryan Strome
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Calvin de Haan
7Adam Pelech
8Ryan Pulock
G1Thomas Greiss
2Jaroslav Halak
3Jean-Francois Berube