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Why John Tavares is good, not great
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01-17-2012, 11:58 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
I'd be willing to bet that this blogger writer may just be basing his opinion on the long scoreless stretches Tavares had his first 2 seasons. Looking at that is fine however when you factor in how he played on a line with 2 castoffs (Moulson/Parenteau) and made them better you have to admire him. Especially when you look at the lack of protection he had. The kid got elbowed by Jovanovski, cross checked by many a defender and even lost a tooth courtesy of Chris Pronger with no retribution from out soft team.
He worked on his core strength, has become a stronger skater, protecting the puck and teams are adjusting to HIM now.
He has quietly broken into the NHL's top 15 in scoring on a team with arguably the WORST defensive production.
He is and should be in the top 25 IMO.
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