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New York Islanders Expectations For John Tavares

By Matt O'Leary
Mar 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) looks on from the bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) looks on from the bench against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in the overtime. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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John Tavares had a “down year” for the New York Islanders in 2015-2016. Here’s what you can expect out of him this year.

John Tavares saw his point total decrease by 16 last year. Although a 70 point season is nothing to sneeze at many said that Tavares had a “down year”. Statistically, yes this is true, although he was still the leader of the team.

For a good portion of the season Brock Nelson led the Islanders in goals, until the end of the year when Tavares started to heat up and ended up having a goal total of 33.

Benefits Of The Same Linemates

Tavares is the kind of player who makes people around him better, but could we blame a down year on the instability of his line? Could Tavares benefit from having the same linemates night in and night out?

That’s what the Islanders will have for him this year. Andrew Ladd and PA Parenteau will play alongside Tavares on the first line. This should help solidify the Isles offense. It will no longer be the rotating door of wingers for John Tavares.

Track Record

John Tavares’ best full season came in 2014-2015 when he had 86 points. You could also argue 2013-2014 which was shortened  to 59 games due to injury (Thanks Sochi Olympics) but he still had 66 points at that point.

We also saw last year in the playoffs how Tavares has the knack for the big stage. He has the capability of carrying a team, which is exactly what you want from a franchise player.

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The Prediction

Tavares should have a much better year in 2016. With a more stable line he will be able to put up big numbers.

40 goals 45 assists 85 points

Tavares has yet to eclipse the 40 goal mark on a season. He’s due, the closest he’s came to it was 38 in 2014-15.

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John Tavares should be poised to carry the Islanders back to the playoffs. He will do most of the heavy lifting, but with a more veteran supporting cast they will be ready come playoff time.

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