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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Mathew Barzal
4Casey Cizikas
5Mikhail 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
7Ryan Pulock
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss
3Jean-Francois Berube