Top 10 players in the division IMO (Tavares is not close to top 5)
As a matter of fact, I'd argue a #1 D is more important than a 1C, therefore I would personally take Letang, and Staal over him in a draft. You win cups from the back end and in goal.
Wow as much as I hate toews this poll is so off. Tavares has done nothing. Toews lead a team to the cup and is the face of the team. Tavares took the islanders to the playoffs and he isn't even ppg. Give me a break.
I'd take a Hart finalist over a Selke candidate, point production > "intangibles"
Toews has more points
They're even offensively, seriously, this is ridiculous. When did Tavares become more overrated than Toews? Islanders fans voted Nabokov their MVP this season, he was not even point per game, Toews was.
Tavares is overrated due to his draft position and praise he recieved before his draft. He's not as good as Toews. Maybe one day he will be, cause he's a hell of a player, but top 5 player? He was 17th in scoring and he's a center, and he's not a Selke candidate.
They're even offensively, seriously, this is ridiculous. When did Tavares become more overrated than Toews?
Toews has more help too, he normally plays with any combination of Kane, Hossa, Sharp, etc. Tavares has had... Matt Moulson and scraps, not elite wingers/forwards and other high level support like Keith, Seabrook, Oduya, etc.
Originally Posted by The Great 88
Islanders fans voted Nabokov their MVP this season, he was not even point per game, Toews was.
Nabby's point production has to go up next season or else
The help argument is meaningless. Good players produce, simple as that. Malkin won a Conn Smythe with Talbot and Fedotenko even strength.
Toews has won more and has lead a cup winning team, Tavares hasn't made it out of the first round. Team or no team, that matters. One player has been there and won a Conn Smythe. Another hasn't. He may be better than Toews next year.
Tavares wasn't the Isle's best forward against the pens in the first series. Not sure how Toews was in his.
I like both players, and the poll is representative of how the majority feel here.