Isles 40 in 40 -- #33
June 26, 2009 -- Islanders Select John Tavares
The 2008-09 season went poorly for the Islanders, so poorly that they finished last overall with a record of 26-47-9.
However, that is far from being Tavares' fault, who scored 24 goals and added 30 assists as an 19 year old rookie, and improved to 29 goals and 38 assists in his second year.
Tavares got off to a blazing start in October, 2011 and while he suffered through a goal-less streak in November as the team suffered, other parts of his game, including face-offs, continued to improve.
Tavares proved his commitment to the team in September 2011 when he signed a six-year contract extension that will keep him an Islander through the 2017-18 season.
The Islanders of generations ago had players like Bossy and Trottier. This current group has a leader in John Tavares, already an alternate captain, and likely the next captain of this team.
His future is ahead of him, and hopefully when we do Isles 50 in 50 in 2021-22 there will be a number of additional moments that carry his name.
For now, the promise is the future, and the future is John Tavares. Good enough for #33 on the Isles 40 in 40 list.
The List to Date:
#33 -- June 26, 2009 -- Islanders Select John Tavares
#34 -- May, 1982-- Bossy leads the Isles to 3rd Stanley Cup
#35 -- January 6,1981 --With Bossy Chasing 50, Tonelli Lights Up the Leafs
#36 -- January 18, 1973 -- Expansion Isles Beat the Champs
#37 -- November 28, 1979 -- Billy Smith is credited with a goal
#38 -- December 23, 1978 -- Trottier re-writes the record book
#39 -- February 11, 2011 -- Isles pound Pens 9-3
#40 -- Summer 2001 -- Isles hire Laviolette, trade for Peca and Yashin, claim Osgood.
Like any of these lists, my #2 may be your #20...