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New York Islanders Sober Reflection Over Individual Awards

TORONTO, ONT - JUNE 20: Michael Peca of the New York Islanders accepts the Frank J. Selke Trophy for 'Outstanding Defensive Forward' during the NHL Awards in the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario on June 20, 2002. (Photo by Craig Melvin/Getty Images/NHLI)
TORONTO, ONT - JUNE 20: Michael Peca of the New York Islanders accepts the Frank J. Selke Trophy for 'Outstanding Defensive Forward' during the NHL Awards in the John Bassett Theatre at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario on June 20, 2002. (Photo by Craig Melvin/Getty Images/NHLI)
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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 27: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders poses for a portrait during the 2018 NHL All-Star at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Art Ross – John Tavares

I wasn’t wrong in stating that John Tavares could be a point per game player. He’s done it before and he could do it again. But to get the most points in the league was going to be tough, I knew that, but I didn’t think getting the most points on the team was going to be hard.

"Was there any doubt that this [Art Ross hopeful] would be Tavares? In the league, sure. Conor McDavid already scored a hat-trick on day one. So the race is one for Tavares. But if anyone can capture an Art Ross trophy in a New York Islanders uniform, it’s John Tavares."

"[…] Again, we aren’t saying Tavares is a lock for the Art Ross. But he’s the only player on the New York Islanders with the talent, history and just overall potential to get there."

Tavares finished the season with 84 points in 82 games played. He had another one of those point per game seasons like I thought he could. But 84 points was 24 points off Connor McDavid’s league-leading 108 points. Tavares was well off that mark.

What didn’t help was the fact that he wasn’t even the highest scoring player on his team. That was a young upstart by the name of Mathew Barzal. You may have heard of him.

With 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) the rookie lead the Islanders in points in his first year in the NHL.

To get the Art Ross Tavares would have had to have an unprecedented season, even for him. A 100 year just doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Tavares. But hey. If the Islanders can have two 80+ point players with him and Barzal I think we’d all be happy.

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