Dont forget bailey played in the nhl this year. he would have put up at least the numbers hodgson did if he stayed in the ohl
Oh I know Bailey will be a good 2nd line center which is something to be pleased about for you guys, but it's just interesting to think what NYI could have done down the road with Tavares and Hodgson like at the WJC.
I expect the Isles to be improved next season, but I'm not expecting anything higher than 11th in the East. I'm also not expecting anything more than 20-25 goals for JT in his rookie year.
I am however expecting big things from Okposo. barring injury I see him scoring 30 this year.
Same here. If Tavares has the same type of season like Stamkos (overwhelmed at first, very very good in the 2nd half) I'd be ecstatic...and I do also see Okposo getting 25-30 as well. Okposo has a very realistic chance at turning into a 35g-35a power forward with speed, sooner rather than later.
So I've been keeping up with the Islanders camp on IslanderTV, particularly the litany of Tavares interviews. First of all, he seems to have 0 personality. His answers seem extremely preplanned and thought through. He never gives an answer different from the 5 or so that he has rehearsed, save for changing a few words around to make it fit. On the plus side, he looks extremely comfortable in front of the media.
He never smiles. The only time I've seen Tavares smile is in a post draft picture. Reporters make jokes, and he answers with a 100% straight face. The constant awkwardness it sometimes causes is quite amusing.
Basically, it seems as though he ONLY lives for hockey. Frankly, I love it, but I'm not sure how great it will wind up being from a marketing standpoint. I have a feeling that he will never become a great interview, but instead will be the type of player that does all of his talking on the ice similar to what Malkin has had to do.
Most importantly though is the content of his rehearsed answers. They contain no humility. Most notably for me was the following exchange (paraphrased):
"You've been compared to islander great and legendary goal scorer mike bossy, how does that feel?"
JT: "Um...well, it's great, but I don't want to set a ceiling for myself"
There are a few other examples, but the answer shows a few things to me, one is that despite his years and years of media hype he still is not great at thinking on his toes. He is brutally honest, sometimes at the cost of humility. He is extremely confident and definitely borderline cocky, very possibly over the line.
So my question is, when Tavares was in Junior, could people ascertain similar things about him? What did people think of his interviews/personality/attitude?