Center | John Tavares
There is no question that John Tavares would be the team’s all-decade center. We can still be salty over how things turned out between the Islanders and John Tavares, but there’s no denying his quality.
In 669 games with the Islanders, Tavares scored 272 goals and 621 points. He ranks fifth in franchise history for points. He stands heads and shoulders above any player that suited up for the Islanders between 2009 and 2019.
The former first overall pick from the 2009 NHL draft has 213 more points in 60 fewer games then the next player (Josh Bailey).
His 0.93 points-per-game in an Islanders jersey is second only to Thomas Vanek who scored 44 points in 47 games with the Islanders.
In the faceoff dot, Tavares averaged a 51.3 faceoff win percentage. Good enough for seventh over the last ten years. Only Marty Reasoner (52.8%) and Zenon Konopka (57.7%) have better win rates to have played at least 82 games with the Isles.
There’s no reason to think that Tavares isn’t the New York Islanders best center over the last ten years.
Will we say the same ten years from now? Not if Mathew Barzal has anything to say about it.
Honorable Mention: Mathew Barzal, Frans Nielsen