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New York Islanders Best All-Decade Starting Lineup

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: The New York Islanders celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: The New York Islanders celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 26: (L-R) Team owner Charles Wang, General Manger Garth Snow, John Tavares, Assistant General Manager/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski and Pro Scout Mario Saraceno of the New Islanders pose on stage after the Islanders drafted Tavares #1 overall during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islander at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – JUNE 26: (L-R) Team owner Charles Wang, General Manger Garth Snow, John Tavares, Assistant General Manager/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski and Pro Scout Mario Saraceno of the New Islanders pose on stage after the Islanders drafted Tavares #1 overall during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islander at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

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

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