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John Tavares | Center

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209
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John Tavares recorded two goals in the Islanders’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres on Saturday night.
While the Islanders have gotten recognition across the league for their impressive start, Tavares has kind of been overlooked. With 31 points in 35 games, he hasn’t exactly been his usual point-per-game self, but his 15 goals are certainly nice. We think he’ll continue to put up the points at will the rest of the way, too. Nick Leddy got the other goal. Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo chipped in with two helpers each. Dec 27 - 10:33 PM

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John Tavares is OK after taking a puck to the ear late in Saturday’s game.

The Islanders captain just needed to get stitched up, according to coach Jack Capuano. He scored the game-tying goal in the third period, his 13th of the season.
Dec 20 - 9:59 PM

John Tavares left late in Saturday’s game after taking a puck to the ear.

Tavares scored the game-tying goal at 16:51 of the final frame, then headed to the dressing room minutes later after a shot hit his ear. The Islanders’ captain has 13 goals and 28 points in 33 games.
Dec 20 - 9:31 PM

John Tavares scored a goal in a 6-3 loss to St. Louis Thursday night.

Tavares is on a three-game point streak. He has 12 goals and 14 assists in 29 contests this season.
Dec 12 - 10:49 AM

John Tavares scored a goal in the Islanders' 5-2 loss to Washington on Friday.

Anders Lee scored New York's other goal. Nick Leddy, Kyle Okposo, Travis Hamonic, and Casey Cizikas each registered an assist in the losing effort. The Islanders snapped a five-game winning streak to fall to 16-7-0 this season.
Nov 28 - 7:36 PM

John Tavares scored the overtime winner in the Islanders' 3-2 win over Washington.

The Islanders never trailed in this game. With Caps' forward Nicklas Backstrom in the box, John Tavares beat Braden Holtby in overtime. The 24-year-old has nine goals and 21 points in 22 games this season. Tavares played 21:38 in the game and registered four shots on goal. Anders Lee and Travis Hamonic also scored for the Islanders.
Nov 26 - 10:01 PM

John Tavares wants to put the team's success over his own offensive production.

"The goal is to win and you make those sacrifices to win," Tavares said. He has 18 points in 18 games this season, so it's not like he's been struggling. It's not quite as good as what some were hoping for though given that he had 66 points in 59 contests in 2014-15. Either way, we wouldn't be surprised if he surpasses his career-high of 81 points.
Nov 21 - 11:15 AM

John Tavares lit up the Ducks for two goals, including the game winner in OT of the Islander's 3-2 win on Tuesday.

The Isles' captain scored his fifth and sixth of the season in helping his squad earn a much needed win on this ugly western road trip that started with a couple of ugly losses. Tavares has 14 points in 12 games this season now and it's a pace we expect him to continue with ease. Kyle Okposo also had a goal and an assist to round out the New York scoring.
Nov 6 - 1:42 AM

John Tavares scored a power-play goal in a 4-3 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Tavares has four goals and 12 points in nine games this season. He's currently on pace to surpass the century mark this season and while it's still early, we do think he's capable of doing that.
Oct 29 - 9:06 AM

John Tavares rebounded from his first scoreless game of the season by netting a power play marker in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

With the tally Tavares has now amassed 10 points in seven contests for the season, placing him atop the NHL scoring leaders. Nick Leddy also found the back of the net for his third marker of the year in the losing effort.
Oct 21 - 10:29 PM

John Tavares had two assists in the Islanders' 4-3 shootout win over San Jose Thursday night.

Tavares also scored the deciding goal in the shootout. He's started the season with at least two points in each of his first four games. He has a league-leading nine points.
Oct 17 - 5:29 AM

John Tavares and the Islanders were explosive Tuesday as they knocked off the New York Rangers by a score of 6-3.

Tavares registered a goal and an assist in the victory and now has seven in three contests early in the season. The Isles also received tallies from Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Mikhail Grabovski, Brock Nelson and Kyle Okposo in the decisive victory.

John Tavares notched two more points in the Islanders’ 4-3 win against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Tavares scored and assisted. The Islanders captain has the talent to win multiple MVP awards in his career. Last season he teased with 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games, but more experience and an improved Islanders squad could see him record over 90 points this season. He already has five. Brock Nelson notched a goal and an assist as well. Cory Conacher and Josh Bailey picked up the other markers, as Johnny Boychuk finished with two assists.
Oct 11 - 11:17 PM

John Tavares is happy to participate in preseason games after missing the end of the 2013-14 campaign with a knee injury.

"I think I'll be around my usual three [preseason games], but maybe four. One extra won't be a big issue for me," Tavares said. "I certainly felt great to be in a game [on Monday] again. It took a little while, but once I found my rhythm in the second half of the game I didn't want it to end." Although he's not the favorite, Tavares should be a competitor for the Art Ross Trophy. He had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games last season.
Sep 24 - 9:57 AM

The pressure will be on the New York Islanders to perform this season.

The Islanders made the playoffs in 2013, but regressed last season. In the past, the Islanders' shortcomings have been written off as part of the rebuilding process, but as Tavares put it, "We're young, but we've certainly got enough experience." Throw in the fact that the Islanders' first-round pick belongs to Buffalo and the Islanders will be harshly criticized if they miss the playoffs again.
Sep 18 - 10:24 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Eric Boulton
4Brock Nelson
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Nikolay Kulemin
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Johnny Boychuk
3Nick Leddy
4Calvin De Haan
5Travis Hamonic
6Thomas Hickey
7Matt Carkner
8Brian Strait
9Matt Donovan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson
3Kevin Poulin