John Tavares is the first significant hockey player to be born in 1990.
WE'RE ALL A LITTLE OLDER NOW!
damn he's like 6months younger then i am.
yeah i heard he will be crazy; and that they had
to change some rules so he could play...
"In the summer of 2005, Tavares was the first player ever to be granted "exceptional player" status by the OHL, which allowed him to be drafted at the age of 14. The usual minimum age to be included in the OHL Priority Selection is 16 years old by December 31." - on his wiki page.
His skating is awful he needs to improve that to be any kind of a force in the NHL. Great hands and scoring touch though.
I would strongly disagree with it being called "awful" -- he's no Mike Gartner dancing on his skates, but he's not not a plodder out there, either. It's definitely only average, but it's not like he's slow as molasses, either.
Hey, I really know nothing about prospects so go easy on me here. There were a few references to this guy on the NHL board, but I've never heard of him...How do you think he compares to Crosby? Thanks.
He's a different kind of player. More a goalscorer than a playmaker, although he is a very good passer and stickhandler. Think along the style of a Joe Nieuwendyk, Dany Heatley type of player. Some people knock his skating and while I wouldn't bet on him winning a race, it never seems to keep him from being dangerous or being where he needs to be. Imagine that. If Rico Fata (a blur on the ice) had 10 per cent of John Tavares's hockey sense and just one of his hands, he'd have been a star in the NHL.