Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Tavares
John Tavares entered the NHL with the lofty expectations that go along with being a first overall pick. Following an award-filled junior career in which he became the all-time leading goal-scorer in OHL history (215) he was selected by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

It didn't take Tavares long to show his offensive flare at the pro level. In his first NHL game, (October 3, 2009) he recorded the first goal and first assist of his career against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins. In total, Tavares would score 24 times in his first year, tying Matt Duchene for first place in the rookie goal-scoring race.

Following a strong, if unspectacular rookie season, Tavares was invited to join the Canadian team at the 2010 World Championships being held in Germany. Canada ended up a disappointing seventh place, but Tavares scored seven goals in the seven game tournament.

In his third NHL campaign (2011-12) Tavares would reach the 30 goal mark for the first time. He would add 50 assists for an impressive 81 point season on a struggling New York Islander club. At year's end he would once again join team Canada at the World Hockey Championship. In eight tournament games, Tavares scored four times and added five assists.

During the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Tavares would truly emerge as one of the NHL elite scoring centres. In 48 games he recorded 28 goals, the third highest total in the NHL and added 19 assists. Bolstered largely by Tavares' strong play the Islanders qualified for the playoffs and pushed the powerful Penguins to a hard-fought, six game, first round series.

In 2014 Tavares was called upon to represent his country once again. This time at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Though injured during the tournament, Tavares helped Canada go undefeated and capture the country's second consecutive gold medal.

During the 2014-15 season, Tavares would appear in all 82 games for the Islanders and record career-highs in both goals and points with 38 and 86 respectively.

On July 1, 2018, Tavares' time in the Islander organization would come to an end. As an unrestricted free agent he inked a seven year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2004-05 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 72 91 67 158
2004-05 Milton Icehawks ON-Jr.A 20 13 15 28 10
2005-06 Oshawa Generals OHL 65 45 32 77 72 -13
2006-07 Oshawa Generals OHL 67 72 62 134 60 +25 9 7 12 19 6
2006-07 Canada WJ18-A 7 2 3 5 4 +4
2007-08 Oshawa Generals OHL 59 40 78 118 69 +22 15 3 13 16 20
2007-08 Canada WJC-A 7 4 1 5 2 0
2008-09 Oshawa Generals OHL 32 26 28 54 32 +5
2008-09 London Knights OHL 24 32 18 50 22 +5 14 10 11 21 8
2008-09 Canada WJC-A 6 8 7 15 0 +7
2009-10 New York Islanders NHL 82 24 30 54 22 -15
2009-10 Canada WC-A 7 7 0 7 6 +2
2010-11 New York Islanders NHL 79 29 38 67 53 -16
2010-11 Canada WC-A 7 5 4 9 12 +6
2011-12 New York Islanders NHL 82 31 50 81 26 -6
2011-12 Canada WC-A 8 4 5 9 12 +4
2012-13 SC Bern Swiss 28 17 25 42 28
2012-13 New York Islanders NHL 48 28 19 47 18 -2 6 3 2 5 4
2013-14 New York Islanders NHL 59 24 42 66 40 -6
2013-14 Canada Olympics 4 0 0 0 0 +3
2014-15 New York Islanders NHL 82 38 48 86 46 +5 7 2 4 6 2
2015-16 New York Islanders NHL 78 33 37 70 38 +6 11 6 5 11 6
2016-17 New York Islanders NHL 77 28 38 66 38 +4
NHL Totals 587 235 302 537 281 24 11 11 22 12


OHL All-Rookie Team (2006) Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year (2006) OHL First All-Star Team (2007) OHL Player of the Year (2007) Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (2007, 2009) Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year (2007) OHL Second All-Star Team (2009) NHL All-Rookie Team (2010) NHL First All-Star Team (2015) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017) Signed as a free agent by Bern (Swiss), September 28, 2012.
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