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.
It's time for a thread to keep everyone up to date on the next phenom. This is Hockey's Future afterall....
This kid is the best pure scorer I have seen in a long, long time. He's on pace to score more goals than Wayne Gretzky as a 16 year old.
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That's filthy. Wayne had 70 goals in 64 games at that age. With 5 more games to play this season he is on pace for about 73.
Two years until his draft, but it's very likely he'd be going first overall this year if he was old enough. Amazing hands and touch around the net, his shot just finds mesh. He's going to eat up international tournaments and the OHL until he is eligible to play pro.
He's not on the level of Crosby in terms of all around ability to control a game, but he is a scoring phenom for sure. It will be interesting seeing him play in the playoffs and eventually a likely Mem Cup run. He should be one of the top players at the World Juniors next year as well.