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