One of the best value picks of the fantasy hockey season this year has been New York Islanders C John Tavares. Tavares fell out of the first round in most drafts this winter, but he has played like a top-five fantasy option.
In 82 games though 2012, Tavares recorded a career-high 81 points. Many fantasy owners were unsure if he could repeat those numbers, but the kid has done exactly that.
JT has picked up right where he left off last year. He has quietly racked up 39 points through the first 37 games of the shortened NHL season. He is currently tied for ninth in the league in points and has outplayed some of the more well-known players in fantasy.
The 22-year-old has matured much quicker than expected and has become the leader of an otherwise bland Islanders’ offensive attack. He has quietly scored four goals in his last five games and the kid has become the team’s best weapon.
Tavares is also second in the NHL with nine power play goals, and he gives the team a sharpshooter to feed when they are on the advantage. Fantasy leagues reward heavily for power play (or shorthanded) points, so it is always nice to see a superstar be able to produce when it matters the most.
Tavares will continue to be an All-Star fantasy center and he will be an extremely popular keeper in any type of dynasty league.