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John Tavares | Center

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
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John Tavares thinks the Islanders need to get better at protecting leads.
The Islanders were 15-6-6 when taking a lead into the third period, which was the worst winning percentage in the league in that situation. Every other squad won at least two-thirds of their games when leading through 40 minutes. Tavares also feels the team needs to improve its play at home and on special teams. "We have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, our consistency has to be a lot better," Tavares said. "When we're playing well and doing the right things consistently we're a good team. We showed that last year and we showed that during the stretch from December into January and the young guys showed it at the end of this season." Apr 17 - 9:54 AM

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John Tavares denied the rumors that he wants to be traded.

"I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There's no part of me that wants to leave," Tavares said. "I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we've still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn't changed." Tavares' season was cut short due to a knee injury sustained during the Olympics. Before that happened, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.
Apr 15 - 10:29 AM

John Tavares' recovery from a knee injury is going well.

Tavares isn't expected to return before the end of the regular season, but he should be able to engage in his normal summer workout routine. His season ended when he was hurt during the Olympics. Before that, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games this season.
Apr 3 - 11:09 AM

IOC insurance will cover the remainder of John Tavares' 2013-14 salary, given that he's out with a knee injury that he sustained while playing for Team Canada.

That's noteworthy because Islanders GM Garth Snow bashed the IIHF and IOC following Tavares' injury. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt," Snow said. For his part, Tavares said he would play for Team Canada again if given the opportunity.
Feb 26 - 4:31 PM

John Tavares responded to Islanders GM Garth Snow's heated reaction to him suffering a season ending knee injury while playing in the Olympics.

Snow bashed the IIHF and IOC, calling the process "a joke" and saying that they want the benefits of having NHL players in the Olymmpics, but none of the risks when it comes to dealing with hurt players. "This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs," Snow said. Tavares responded that he understands why teams are concerned about injuries, but he still thinks the NHL should be involved in the Winter Games. Furthermore, if asked to represent Canada again, he would.
Feb 25 - 11:21 AM

John Tavares doesn't need surgery after hurting his MCL during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Tavares will miss the next eight-to-12 weeks, so realistically he's still done for the season, but at least that means he won't be spending the better part of the summer rehabbing. Of course, this is still an unfortunate way to end a great campaign. He had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.
Feb 25 - 11:08 AM

John Tavares (knee) has been placed on injured reserve.

The move was expected because Tavares is going to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season due to a torn medial collateral ligament and a meniscus tear in his left knee. He was third in NHL scoring with 66 points in 59 games prior to his injury, so don't forget to draft him accordingly next season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 24 - 6:01 PM

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow was furious over the fact that his team lost John Tavares (knee) for the remainder of the season as a result of him playing in the Olympics.

"Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke," Snow said. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt. This is probably the biggest reason why NHL players shouldn't be in the Olympics, it should just be amateurs." The argument for playing is that it promotes and grows the game, which is ultimately to the NHL's benefit. Additionally, the players enjoy representing their country. That being said, it's hard to argue that pausing the NHL season at a critical point to have some of the league's players participate in an international tournament while others do little more than train and practice doesn't impact the NHL campaign.
Feb 21 - 8:51 AM

John Tavares suffered a torn left medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus during Canada's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Latvia on Wednesday.

He won't play again this season and his injury sent New York Islanders GM Garth Snow into a tirade on Thursday. "Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke," Snow said. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt." Tavares ranked third among NHL scorers, with 66 points in 59 games, going into the Olympic break. His absence will hurt the fantasy value of his Isles' teammates.
Feb 20 - 6:46 PM

John Tavares (knee) will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.

Tavares reportedly has a torn MCL and might have surgery as a result. Either way, it sounds like he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. The New York Islanders were already out of the playoff race, so this news shouldn't significantly alter the team's plans. However, it's a terrible end to what was otherwise a great season for Tavares. He has 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games this season.
Feb 20 - 8:00 AM

John Tavares may have suffered "multiple ligament damage" in his knee, according to Arthur Staple of New York Newsday.

He will be re-evaluated on Thursday to better determine his status, but it doesn't appear to be good. Stay tuned.
Feb 19 - 6:17 PM

John Tavares sustained a knee injury in Wednesday's win over Latvia that will sideline him for the rest of the Olympics.

The Islanders return to action on Feb. 27 against Toronto and Tavares' status beyond the Sochi Games is unclear at this time. He didn't have a point in four games for Canada, but he was limited to a mere 10:39 of ice time per match.
Feb 19 - 3:31 PM

John Tavares skated on the wing during Canada's first practice in Sochi on Monday.

He joined Anaheim teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on what has the potential to be a very dangerous line combination. The trio played together at the 2012 World Championships and they had plenty of success. Tavares may also play with Patrice Bergeron and Jamie Benn when the tournament opens.
Feb 10 - 11:35 AM

John Tavares lit the lamp for the Islanders, who fell 5-2 to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

Tavares continues to produce at a very high clip -- 24 goals, 42 assists -- but for the most part, his teammates are not following suit. It will be fun to watch Tavares work his magic on the bigger international ice surface in the Olympics. Lubomir Visnovsky also scored and he had an assist in the loss.
Feb 8 - 9:50 PM

John Tavares was hard on the Islanders after Thursday's 4-2 loss to Calgary.

"We basically find ways to lose games more than we find ways to win," Tavares said. Although they managed to make the playoffs last season, the Islanders probably won't even come close to earning a postseason berth this time around. They have a 22-29-8 record, which means that even if they win all of their remaining 23 games, they would still have just 98 points. If you assume that you need at least 90 points to make the playoffs, then they have next to no margin of error left.
Feb 7 - 10:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Frans Nielsen
3Brock Nelson
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3John Persson
4Johan Sundstrom
5Eric Boulton
RW1Josh Bailey
2Kyle Okposo
3Cal Clutterbuck
4Colin McDonald
5Mike Halmo
6Justin Johnson
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Travis Hamonic
3Calvin De Haan
4Thomas Hickey
5Brian Strait
6Matt Carkner
7Matt Donovan
8Kevin Czuczman
9Radek Martinek
10Scott Mayfield
G1Evgeni Nabokov
2Anders Nilsson