Tavares today was named one of the three finalists for this year's award, along with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.
It's the first time since 1984 that an Islander will finish in the Top 3. Bryan Trottier was third in that "Drive for 5" season; Wayne Gretzky won the award.
Other Islanders in the Top 3:
1982: (Gretzky won); Trottier was 2nd; Mike Bossy was 3rd
1979: Bryan Trottier won the Hart - the only Islander to do so
1978: (Guy LaFleur won); Trottier was 2nd
1976: (Bobby Clarke won); Denis Potvin was 2nd