It has been a career year for John Tavares of the New York Islanders. Tavares had hit a scoring drought for a few games but has now scored goals in his last two games and is starting to look like he has his feet under him again this season. Tavares now has 25 points in 19 games for an Islanders team that is just 8-10-1 on the season.
There has been a lot of talk about the state of the goalie situation in New York and how badly it is hurting the team, but Tavares has been a bright light as he has nine goals and 14 points overall in the month of February where the Islanders have won just four games. There is no doubt that the Islanders can score goals, and Tavares is leading that effort, but until the 22-year-old gets some help from the players in net, the offensive efforts will go mostly unnoticed by the casual fan.
If the Islanders fix the goalie issues and Tavares can keep playing how he is and averaging over a point a game, this team will start winning some games. If that happens, all bets are off because you never know who can beat who in a seven-game series. Tavares is the type of player that can control a game with his scoring and is proving that he is one of the best players in the entire National Hockey League. One would think that New York has to get out of the cellar eventually in the Atlantic Division, and it will be mostly because of Tavares.