New York Islanders John Tavares Is Actually Scoring Like A Top Pick

By Matt O'Leary
UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: John Tavares /

The New York Islanders captain John Tavares is having an extremely productive season, but some don’t believe he’s performing up to expectations.

Through 33 games this year John Tavares has 40 points with the New York Islanders. He’s producing with a 1.2 points per game pace which is the highest of his career.

These statistics have sparked a comment on twitter from an Islanders writer. Here’s what Jeff Capellini said about the career of John Tavares:

I had to read this over a couple times to make sure Cappellini actually believes that Tavares isn’t performing to first overall pick expectations. After further evaluation, Cappellini wasn’t being facetious, there was no misunderstanding, he genuinely believes Tavares hasn’t performed up to par.

Obviously, Isles Twitter pounced on the opportunity to stand up for their beloved captain:

Seriously shoutout to Duffy for that research it’s crazy what you can find while on hockey reference. Here’s another thing I found to debunk the Tavares isn’t producing like a number one pick theory.

Let’s compare the first overall selections from 2009-2017:

The only first overall pick selected after John Tavares that has a higher point per game rate than Tavares is Connor McDavid. Tavares is second on the list behind McDavid outscoring seven of the eight top picks taken after him.

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Can’t we just agree on Tavares being an absolute stud instead of nitpicking his game for no reason?