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Draft Prospect - 2015
      
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John Tavares
North American Skater
London, OHL
Final Rank:  1 Midterm Rank:  1
Position:  Center Shoots:  Left
Height:  6' 0" Weight:  195
Born:  September 20, 1990    
Birthplace:  Mississauga, ON, CAN
• In London’s 2009 playoff run, Tavares finished tied for ninth in the Ontario Hockey League with 21 points (10-11-21), including six power play goals in 14 games. London lost to the Windsor Spitfires, the eventual OHL Champions.

• In his fourth season in the OHL, Tavares led the league in goals with 58 in 56 games (58-46-104) in 2008-09, including 50 points (32-18-50) in 24 games after being traded to the London Knights.

• He set a new OHL goal-scoring record, surpassing Peter Lee’s 33-year-old record with his 214th goal on Mar. 8, 2009, finishing with a total of 215 career goals (215-218-433) in 247 games.

• On the world stage, he won back-to-back gold medals with Team Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships. With a more prominent role in 2009, he scored eight goals (8-7-15) to bring his World Junior goal total to 12 (12-8-20) -- tying Eric Lindros and Jeff Carter for most goals in a career by a Canadian at the World Junior Championships.

• He was named the 2007 CHL Player of the Year after breaking the OHL record for goals in a season by a 16-year-old with 72 (previously held by Wayne Gretzky). He made his OHL debut the season prior as a 15-year-old, after receiving ‘exceptional player’ status and was tabbed the CHL Rookie of the Year in 2006.

• At the age of three, he began skating with his dad and his first hockey team was the Oakville Racers. He credits his parents for having had the most influence on his career – “my dad taught me how to play and my mom drove me everywhere so I could play”.

• Tavares played lacrosse growing up as his uncle, also named John Tavares, is the all-time scoring leader of the National Lacrosse League. He was once a ball boy for his uncle’s NLL Buffalo Bandits.

• His childhood hockey idols were Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman because he watched them win Stanley Cups as well as gold medals with Canada.

• He would pick Edmonton Oilers forward and childhood friend Sam Gagner to play him in a movie about his life and if he could have dinner with anyone he would choose Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan because “they strive to be the best and aren’t satisfied until they succeed” as well as NFL quarterback Tom Brady because “he is an all-around stud and I can learn a lot from him”.

NEWS ARTICLES

HEDMAN, TAVARES, DUCHENE HEADING TO TAMPA

TAVARES ENJOYING ATMOSPHERE OF DRAFT EXPERIENCE

NO SURPRISE, TAVARES IS NO. 1 ON CSS FINAL LIST

TAVARES, HEDMAN TOP MIDTERM DRAFT LISTS

TAVARES STILL NO. 1 IN CENTRAL SCOUTING'S RANKINGS

TAVARES OUT TO PROVE HIS DOUBTERS WRONG

HEDMAN CHASING DOWN TAVARES

FAVORITES

NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Player: Sidney Crosby (PIT), Mike Modano (DAL) and Patrick O’Sullivan (EDM)
Shootout move: Deke to backhand
Video game: Halo or FIFA ‘08
Movie: Step Brothers, Anchorman, or the Time Machine
TV show: One Tree Hill, Lost, Entourage
Actor/Actress: Tom Cruise and Jennifer Aniston
Cartoon: Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny and Homer Simpson
Website: Youtube.com
Book: The Outsiders and Phil Esposito (his career and life)
Restaurant: The Keg
Sport (other than hockey): Lacrosse
Place to visit: Portugal
Snack: Grilled Cheese
Superhero: Batman


 Statistics
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
P
PIM
2005-2006
OSHAWA
OHL
65
45
32
77
72
2006-2007
OSHAWA
OHL
67
72
62
134
60
2007-2008
OSHAWA
OHL
59
40
78
118
69
2008-2009
LONDON
OHL
56
58
46
104
54




SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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