The New York Islanders were overjoyed to select John Tavares as the first overall pick int he 2009 Entry Draft. Some thought the Islanders weren’t sure if they should take Tavares or Matt Duchene at number one. Which sounds insane considering only one was granted “exceptional status” from the CHL.
That status allowed Tavares to enter the CHL a year earlier than was permitted at the time. That’s how good Tavares was. They changed the rules to accommodate him. That’s right. Tavares was the first player to be given such status.
Since being drafted Tavares has put up 607 points in 658 games for the Islanders. He ranks third in scoring for Islanders centers and sixth overall in scoring in team history.
Matt Duchene? He’s got 467 in 643 games played. Just in points the Islanders obviously made the right decision.
It’s not just about points for Tavares, he wears the ‘C’ for the team as the captain. He plays in every situation for the team, 5on5, on the power play, on the penalty kill. He does it all for the Islanders. On and off the ice.
When the team does poorly he’s the first the press approaches to get a quote. He’s the Islanders front line.
Since 2009 John Tavares has carried this team. Long may that remain.