If there is one player who is constantly improving and looking like the next superstar in the National Hockey League, it would be John Tavares. Tavares has four goals and seven assists in just nine games for the New York Islanders this year, after averaging nearly a point a game last season. Tavares is just 22-years old as well, and with three full seasons already under his belt, Tavares is really starting to come into his prime and under one of the biggest microscopes in the league being in New York.
Tavares is also gaining more and more ice time each season, with 22 minutes now being played each game. The Islanders really need a young superstar that their fans can get behind and know he isn’t going anywhere for a while, as the team hasn’t been higher than fourth place in the last nine years. The Islanders also haven’t made it past the first round of the playoffs since the 1992-93 season 20 years ago.
Tavares is definitely the future of the Islanders, and if he keeps playing the way that he has over the last season and a half, the fans in New York will be very happy to have him around. The Islanders are sitting at 4-4-1 going into Wednesday night’s play, and for a team with just one winning season since 2005, the emergence of Tavares must be a breath of fresh air.
Tavares will continue to get better and if he can keep up his current pace of scoring, he will be more of a household name.