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John Tavares might be pretty good after all

Oct 16, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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Most people figured John Tavares would be a pretty good pro when he was drafted first overall by the Islanders in 2009. The progression he made from his first season to his second season showed that he was growing into being one of the top playmakers and scorers in the league.

So far, the start of his third season is showing that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with this year.

Through the first four games of his season, Tavares has five goals and three assists and finds himself atop the NHL leaderboard for points scored and goals. After back-to-back four point nights against the Lightning and Rangers, including earning a hat trick against the hated Rangers, Tavares is showing everyone the talent he’s got to be one of the best in the game.

After all the debate in 2009 for Garth Snow and the Isles as to who to take first overall, be it Tavares, Victor Hedman, or Matt Duchene, it’s Tavares that’s seeing his star rise the fastest this season. With the future looking bright on Long Island and Tavares locked up for the future, the time is now for Tavares to show just why he was worthy of the top pick and help lead the Islanders on a hunt for the playoffs this year.

  1. bcisleman - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    No question JT will score some goals this season. I anticipate 80-100 pts easy and that he’ll be a Hart contender. If Moulson, Grabs, Streit, and others can chip in their share, the NYI should be one of the top scoring franchises in the NHL this season. All they would need then would be for the defense to stay healthy and Montoya and Nabby to keep playing well and they would be a definite Cup contender.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      They’re definitely going to better this year but let’s not go crazy here

  2. spizzjr - Oct 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    As a massive isles fan I anticipate playoffs but I not setting a loftier goal than that let’s just get back on track

  3. jimeejohnson - Oct 16, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Always great to beat up on the Rangers.

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