John Tavares Named Finalist for Hart Trophy
John Tavares had a great season, scoring 38 goals and 48 assists for a total of 86 points, and added two goals and four assists in the playoffs against the Washington Capitals. For his excellent numbers, the NHL has named him as a finalist for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league’s most valuable player, the league announced on Wednesday.
Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Montreal Canadian goaltender Carey Price round of the finalist field.
Tavares finished second for the Art Ross Trophy, given to the player who leads the league in scoring points at the end of the regular season. Dallas Star forward Jamie Been won the title with 87 points.
While Tavares might not edge out Price, who was specular in net for Montreal, for the award, you can’t take away what he has done for the once-struggling franchise since he joined the team for the 2009-10 season as a 19-year-old.
Tavares has put the Islanders on his back time and time again, evident by scoring 15 seconds into overtime to lift New York to a 2-1 win in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series over the Capitals.
They did take a step back this season by not beating Montreal, in my opinion, though.
It’s no doubt, however, the Mississauga, Ontario native is one of the best players in the world. The six-foot-one, 205-pound center will be greeted with open arms in Brooklyn when the Islanders commence their inaugural season at the Barclays Center next season (not that he wasn’t in Uniondale).
Personal accolades aside, let’s hope the 24-year-old dynamic player can help New York win its first postseason series since 1993 in the 2015-16 campaign, and dare I say a Stanley Cup down the line?
For now, one more honor for Tavares’ trophy case would be a nice consolation prize for him.