Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:In his first four seasons as an Islander, John Tavares has played 82, 79, 82 and 54 NHL games, respectively. And keep in mind this past season, Tavares played 26 games with SC Bern of the Swiss league prior to the lockout being resolved, so he really played 82 professional games in 2012-13.
Not only is he a proven talent in this league, but he seems to be durable and able to keep up with the grind of a full NHL season. But leave it to ESPN to think that Tavares might be tired because he’s not used to an NHL season because he used to play in the OHL — four years ago — or something. Here’s Paul Grant:
Four seasons in the NHL playing nearly every game still qualifies Tavares as “coming off the shorter seasons in junior?”
Except that whole traveling to Switzerland for three months thing, which gives me an excuse to post the picture of this awesome helmet again:
At least we can agree that last season was fun to watch.