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Name  John Tavares
Born  9/20/1990
Height  6-1
Weight  205
Shoots  L
2/24/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: New York has officially placed center John Tavares on injured reserve. SOURCE:
Insight: It's just a formality as Tavares (24 goals, 42 assists in 59 games) has already been ruled out for the season with a torn MCL. The Islanders are hoping he'll be ready for the start of next season.
2/20/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares has been diagnosed with a torn MCL. He's out for the season. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: The Islanders weren't going to make the playoffs anyway but this is still a devastating injury and one that could have a huge impact on whether or not NHL players will be allowed to compete in the next Olympics. Islanders GM Garth Snow voiced his frustration on this subject Thursday by saying, "It's a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt." Tavares will finish the year with 24 goals and 42 assists in 59 appearances.
2/19/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares suffered a knee injury while playing for Team Canada in the Olympics and will sit out the rest of the tournament. SOURCE:
Insight: Tavares isn't that important to Canada's chances because he plays on the fourth line, but he's a fantasy superstar who has produced 24 goals, 66 points and 188 SOG in 59 games this season. The Isles next game is on Feb. 27, and his status for that game is unclear.
Hot1/7/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares followed up his three-goal, two-assist game Monday against Dallas with three assists Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Tavares has posted 16 points during his seven-game scoring streak and 54 points (20 goals) in 44 games this season.
Hot1/6/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares had a hat trick, two assists, six SOG and a +3 Monday against the Stars.
Insight: The Isles star is on fire and has put up 13 points in his last five games and now has 300 in 334 games in his NHL career. He's having his best season, scoring 20 goals and adding 31 assists, 137 SOG and 32 PIM in 43 games.
12/28/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares won't play Saturday against New Jersey. SOURCE:
Insight: He's out with a lower body injury. By sitting out, Tavares is snapping his streak of 246 consecutive games played. Consider him questionable for Sunday night's game in Minnesota.
Hot12/27/2013 3:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares missed practice Friday due to a lower back injury, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. The injury is not considered to be a long-term problem.
Insight: Tavares is questionable for Saturday's game. The 23-year-old has put up similar production to last season, but a higher percentage of his points have come from assists than goals this year. He has 13 goals, 26 assists and 114 SOG in 38 games after tallying 28 goals, 19 assists and 162 SOG in 48 games last season.
Hot11/16/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares extended his scoring streak to five games with a goal and an assist Saturday against the Red Wings.
Insight: The superstar center has nine goals and 25 points in 21 games this season. He's only attempted one shot over the last two games but still has provided fantasy owners with a goal and three points in that span.
11/14/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares is good to go for Thursday's contest against the Kings. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: Tavares' status had been in question after missing Wednesday's practice with a hip issue. He hasn't faced the Kings since February of 2012.
Hot11/12/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: John Tavares had a hand in two of the Islanders' three goals Tuesday in a win against the Predators.
Insight: He scored one and assisted on the other. Tavares has registered at least one point in six out of his last seven contests. He's New York's best player and a legitimate MVP candidate.
Hot10/8/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his first goal of the season and added a second Tuesday against Phoenix.
Insight: Tavares has 13 SOG in three games this season. The 23-year-old should easily exceed 80 points in 2013-14.
Hot4/18/2013 9:42:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares snapped a three-game scoring drought with three points (2 G, 1 A) Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Tavares (26 G, 19 A) had a -9 as recently as April 1, but he finished with a +3 Thursday and is +8 over his last eight games.
Hot3/26/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Washington Tuesday night.
Insight: Aside from the -9, Tavares has been a fantasy stud all season. He had four goals and 11 points over seven games in January and nine goals and 14 points over 14 games in February and has produced seven goals and 10 points over 12 games this month.
Hot3/9/2013 6:21:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had a pair of goals Saturday to help New York knock off Washington.
Insight: Tavares is a bona fide star with the stats to back it up. He has 16 goals on 99 SOG and 13 assists in 25 games, numbers that extrapolate to 52 goals, 325 SOG and 42 assists in an 82-game season.
Hot2/16/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares registered his fourth career hat trick Saturday in a win against the Devils.
Insight: He added an assist for good measure. Tavares has now scored a goal in each of his last five games. Tavares' 11 goals ties him with Buffalo's Thomas Vanek for the league lead.
Hot2/14/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares netted a goal in the second period before scoring the game-winner in a shootout against the Rangers Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Insight: Tavares is playing out of his mind right now. He's scored a goal in each of his last four games and is now tied for sixth in the NHL with eight goals on the season. In fantasy, you won't find many better options than Tavares.
2/7/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares scored the Islanders' only goal Thursday night against the Rangers.
Insight: Tavares (5 G, 7 A) has attempted 20 SOG over the last four games and 36 on the season.
Hot1/31/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares doubled his season goal total by finding the net twice Thursday in a win over the Devils.
Insight: Tavares also assisted the game-winner to Brad Boyes in overtime. He's already at 11 points for the season, which ties him with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for sixth in the NHL.
1/29/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his second goal of the season Tuesday versus the Penguins.
Insight: His first came Sunday at Winnipeg. Tavares also has six assists and 16 shots on goal in six games. Those are impressive numbers that could get even better once he starts matching last season's SOG pace (3.5 per game).
10/16/2011 1:32:00 AM
Description: John Tavares scored three goals (two on the power-play) and added one assist with a +2 in the Islanders' 4-2 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Insight: Tavares has scored five goals and eight points in the last two games, after he failed to record a point in his first two games. Perhaps we will see the 2009 first overall pick rise to elite status this season.

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