From what I've heard Tavares has worked hard this year improving on his overall game, and has a pretty good job at doing so.
Did you watch him play? Aside from the World Juniors, which he played very well in, I didn't notice anything different over last year in his league play. We already beat this to death in another topic a few months ago, but from what I've seen him commitment to improved two-way play is either bull or he really hasn't improved much. One game in Owen Sound he was checked hard by a very very weak Attack defense and just disappeared the whole game. He was often the last guy back and never showed any kind of intensity. A player like him should not only eat up that defense, but if he was improving, should show a little more effort on the backcheck, which he didn't. Maybe I'm missing something, but this seems like a rumour on the "Jared is the best staal" proportions
Although, to answer the OP, the Leafs or maybe I don't need that smiley...
Forsberg had the highest PPG in the NHL this season too... doesn't mean anything.
It means hes an elite player. Forsberg was one of the best players in the NHL when he was playing this season. And no ones gonna say Forsberg is overrated, hes just old and busted up. Tavares isnt though.
The Leafs have made it no secret that they want Tavares. Given the state of that franchise, it wouldn't surprise me if they tank it next season in order to try and get #1 in the draft lottery. I know I'm sounding a little blunt but it's a distinct possibility.
Disappearing!!.....Kinda like the OHL finals so far
wait what? are you saying Belleville is disappearing? Might not help that the OHL Goalie of the year, there best player and one of the best defenseman on the team are hurt. Add in that they're playing the #1 team in Canada.
He is the best. And I dont think MacLean is all that close. You have to watch him alot to understand.
Agreed. There is nobody on Oshawa who is close to Tavares. There might be a handful of players in the whole OHL who are close, however. Even then, I don't think there's anybody who is clearly or undebateably better. And those players are older than he is too. Without being quite as familiar with the Q or WHL, I think I'd feel pretty safe in extending that line of reasoning across the entire CHL too.
Finnerican can you please give us a comprehensive scouting report on John Tavares. You talk about the kid like your an expert, but you've admitted to only seeing him live twice. So please do tell. There are several posters in this thread who heavily contradict your opinion, and all of us see Tavares a lot more than you do, so please do tell.
I mean for example I like Hedman, I saw a few concerns with his game in a couple of the games I've seen him in, but I'm not going to put my opinion on the line bashing guys I haven't seen play. I know that he is an excellent prospect, but I'm not going to speculate anything either way as that is how you lose any credibility extremely quickly.