John Tavares Report Card

How has John Tavares developed in his career with the Islanders? Newsday's Arthur Staple grades his work.

JOHN TAVARES

John Tavares is starting to emerge as a true star in the NHL, the sort of player that opponents game-plan for and try specifically to stop. He was selected first overall by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, signed a three year entry-level contract then re-upped for six years in 2011.

Here we break down five aspects of Tavares' game and why he's so special.

Born: Sept. 20, 1990
Birthplace: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 206
Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Acquired: No. 1 overall pick in 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Status: Signed through 2016-17 season

YearGPGAPTSPIM+/-PPG
2009-108224305422-1511
2010-117929386753-169
2011-128231508126-67
2012-134828194718-29