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New York Islanders John Tavares Should Produce Points A Plenty

By Timothy Palladino
Apr 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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New York Islanders Captain John Tavares produced 70 points last season. The addition of Andrew Ladd is going to be a big help for Tavares. If they catch on early in the season then a new positive line might be beginning in Brooklyn.

How many points do I think New York Islanders Captain John Tavares will have by season’s end? My honest answer is that if he has a solid season he could get around 90 points.

Tavares struggled last season for quite a long stretch. At one point he wasn’t producing much. November and December were particularly tough, with Tavares only putting up 13 points in 22 games played.

However, when the calendar changed to 2016, fans saw a different Tavares. He started to play harder and started scoring more goals.

Maybe it was a New Years resolution? Or maybe he just knew the season was half way done and he needed to perform better. I believe it was all that and he became more comfortable with the routine and playing at Barclays center.

New Season, New Partner

I believe Tavares can hit a points ceiling of ninety points. Why only ninety points you may ask? Tavares is going to have an elite level winger consistently on his wing to lean on in Andrew Ladd.

As expected the two will have to learn from each other and most likely make improvements as the season goes on. Both Ladd and Tavares are smart enough to get going early and help win games.

Andrew Ladd will be that elite winger that Tavares has always needed. When teammates Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen became free agents and moved on to new teams the team lost solid players who worked well with Tavares.

They, however, never seemed to be able to work with him on an elite level. Andrew Ladd brings in more playoff experience and has played with some real stars in his career.

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Having Andrew Ladd on his wing is going to push Tavares to new heights. Hitting 90 points isn’t far from his career high of 86 from 2015-16 when he challenged for the scoring title. Tavares is just 26, he’s hitting his peak performance years. Expect peak production.

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