Selected by the Islanders in the first round (first overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Draft. Signed a three-year Entry-Level Contract on July 15, 2009. Agreed to a six-year extension on September 16, 2011.
Scored 66 points (24g/42a) in 59 games during an injury-shortened, fifth season with the Islanders and his first season as captain...Despite missing the final 22 games of the season due to an MCL Tear suffered at the Winter Olympic Games, tied for first on the team in assists, finished second in points and third in goals...His 1.12 points-per-game were the fourth-best mark in the league...Led the club in power-play points (25), power-play goals (5) and game-winning goals (4)...Led Islanders forwards in average time on ice (21:140, placing third overall on the team and fourth among NHL forwards...Had 16 multi-point games...Earned Star of the Game honors a team-high 16 times, including a team-high six First Star nods...Named the 14th Captain in Islanders history on Sep. 9...Recorded the 20th multi-goal game of his career (2g/0a) on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix...Had a 10-game point streak (4g/8a) from Oct. 5-26, including a six-game assist streak from Oct. 15-26...Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Oct. 22 vs. Vancouver...Had a three-game goal streak (3g) from Nov. 1-5...Missed his first game since Oct. 16, 2010 on Dec. 28 vs. NJ. He’d played 246 straight games, marking the fifth-longest consecutive game streak in Islander history....Had a four-point game (2g/2a) on Dec. 31 at Boston...Recorded his second career five-point game (3g/2a), including his fifth career hat trick and his 300th NHL point, on Jan. 6 vs. Dallas...Recorded points in seven straight games (7g/9a) from Dec. 23 - Jan. 7...Recorded a five point game (3g/2a) and registered his 300th NHL point on Jan. 6 vs. Dallas...Had three assists on Jan. 7 at Toronto...Named the NHL’s First Star of the Week on Jan. 13 (4g/6a in 4GP)...Had three assists on Jan. 21 at NY Rangers...Suffered a season-ending knee injury at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on Feb. 19 vs. Latvia. Prior to the injury, Tavares was third in the NHL scoring race.
2012-13: Led the Islanders in points for the fourth-straight season, notching 47 points (28g/19a) in 48 games...Finished third in the league in goals, first in even-strength goals (19), second in division goals (12) and away goals (15), third in power-play goals (9) and sixth in game-winning goals (5), home goals (13) and outside-division goals (16)...Named one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s most valuable player...Was one of eight Islanders to appear in all 48 games...Posted 13 multi-point games, including three, three-point efforts and a four-point game...Had a three-game goal streak (4g) and point streak (4g/3a) from Jan. 27-31...Had a five-game goal streak (7g/2a) from Feb. 7-16...Recorded his fourth-career hat trick (3g/1a) on Feb. 16 vs. New Jersey...Named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the period ending Feb. 17 (5g/2a in 3GP)...Scored his 100th career goal on Mar. 9 vs. Washington...Had a five-game point streak (4g/1a) from March 21-28...Finished the season having appeared in 207 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team...Appeared in 28 games with SC Bern in Switzerland during the NHL lockout, recording 42 points (17g/25a). 2011-12: Led the Islanders in scoring for the third consecutive season and tied for seventh in the NHL with 81 points (31g/50a) in 82 games during his third professional campaign...Established career highs in goals, assists, points and games played...Served as an assistant captain...Registered a point on 41.3% of all Islanders goals (81-of-196)...Became the fourth player in Islanders history to score at least 73 points in a season at age 21 or younger (Bossy, Trottier, Potvin)...Was the first Islander to score at least 70 points in a season since 2001-02 (Yashin) and the first with 50 assists since 1993-94 (Turgeon)...Led the team with eight game-winning goals, tying for seventh in the league...Was one of four Islanders to appear in all 82 contests (Moulson, Nielsen, Streit)...Posted 20 multi-point games, including three four-point efforts and six three-point contests...Led the team in power-play scoring with 25 points (7g/18a)...Finished second in the NHL in takeaways (99) and outside-division points (66), fourth in the league in team faceoffs taken (34.7%), fifth in the league in home goals (23), sixth in faceoffs won (814) and home points (45) and tied for seventh in the NHL in even-strength points (56)...Led the Islanders in Three Stars of the Game honors with 24 selections, including 12 first-star honors...Recorded a four-point period (1st) on Oct. 13 vs. Tampa Bay...Posted his second-straight four-point game, including his third-career hat trick on Oct. 15 vs. NY Rangers...Named the NHL’s Second Star of the week on Oct. 17...Had a team season-high 12-game point streak (8g/13a) from Dec. 29 - Jan. 21, including a six-game assist streak (9a) from Dec. 29 - Jan. 10...Appeared in his 200th career NHL game on Jan. 7 at Phoenix...Played in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 in Ottawa...Named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for January...Recorded his 100th career assist on Feb. 9 vs. Montreal...Reached the 30-goal mark for the first time on Mar. 13 vs. Washington...Scored his 200th career point on Apr. 3 at New Jersey. 2010-11: Led the Islanders in scoring for the second-straight season with a career-high 67 points (29g/38a)...Led the team in assists and ranked third in goals...Posted a team-high four game-winning goals and tied for first in the NHL with three overtime goals...Co-led the team with nine power-play goals...Finished fifth in the league with 75 takeaways...Had a team-high 17 multi-point games...Suffered a concussion in the Islanders season-opener on Oct. 9 vs. Dallas and missed three games...Scored his first goal of the season in his first game back on Oct. 16 vs. Colorado to kick off a five-game point streak through Oct. 27 (6g/2a)...Scored the first overtime goal of his career on Oct. 18 at Toronto...Scored his first-career hat trick on Oct. 23 at Florida...Played in his 100th NHL/Islanders game on Nov. 24 vs. Columbus...Had a six-game point streak from Dec. 16-27 (2g/5a)...Scored his second overtime winner of the season and added an assist on Dec. 22 vs. Tampa Bay...Recorded consecutive three-point nights on Dec. 31 at Detroit (1g/2a) and Jan. 3 at Calgary (2g/1a)...Scored his third overtime winner of the season on Jan. 8 at Colorado...Scored a “natural hat trick” on Jan 15. vs. Buffalo...Had points in five straight games from Feb. 5-13 (3g/6a)...Had a four-point game (1g/3a) including his 20th goal on Feb. 11 vs. Pittsburgh...Scored his 100th point on Feb. 13 at Buffalo...Had a three-point night (1g/2a) on Apr. 9 at Philadelphia. 2009-10: Led the Islanders in scoring and ranked second among NHL rookies with 54 points (24g/30a)...Ranked third among rookies in assists and tied for the league lead among rookies in goals...Became the first rookie to lead the Islanders outright in scoring since Denis Potvin in 1973-74 (Trent Hunter tied for the team lead in points in 2003-04). His 54 points were the most for an Islanders rookie since 1988-89 (D. Volek, 59)...Led the team and all NHL rookies with 11 power-play goals and 25 power-play points. Became the first Islander since Jason Blake (14) and Mike Sillinger (11) in 2006-07 to record 11 power-play goals in a season...Scored his first NHL point/assist and goal in his NHL debut on Oct. 3 vs. Pittsburgh…Became the 18th Islander to score a goal in his NHL debut...Recorded his first NHL penalty minutes on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose...Recorded his first two-goal game on Nov. 13 at Carolina...Scored five consecutive Islanders goals from Dec. 4-9, tying the club record for most consecutive goals by one player [Bryan Trottier scored five consecutive goals in one game (2/13/82 vs. Philadelphia) and Mariusz Czerkawski equaled the mark over a three-game period (Mar. 28 - Apr. 1, 1998)]...Recorded a career-best five points (2g/3a) on Mar. 16 at Vancouver, tying an Islanders rookie record.
2013: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, co-leading the Islanders in goals (3) and points (5) in six games of the club’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.
Represented Canada at three World Championships (2012 - Finland and Sweden; 2011 - Slovakia; 2010 - Germany), scoring a point-per-game or better in each tournament. Scored nine points (4g/5a) in eight games in 2012, nine points (5g/4a) in seven games in 2011 and seven goals in seven games in 2010. Suffered a foot injury in 2010...Also played for Team Canada at two World Junior Championships (2009 - Ottawa; 2008 - Czech Republic), winning a gold medal at each tournament. Named tournament MVP in 2009 with 15 points (8g/7a). Totaled 20 career WJC points (12g/8a). His 12 goals tied Eric Lindros and Jeff Carter for most goals in a career by a Canadian at the WJC...Appeared in one Under-18 World Junior Championship (2007 - Finland), scoring five points (2g/3a) in seven games.
2008-09: Led the Ontario Hockey League in regular-season scoring with 58 goals and 46 assists for 104 points in 56 games...His mark of 58 goals led the league...Played for London in their playoff run and finished tied for ninth in OHL playoff scoring with 21 points (10g/11a) in 14 games...Set a new OHL goal-scoring record, surpassing Peter Lee’s 33-year-old mark with his 214th goal on Mar. 8...Finished his junior career with a total of 433 career points (215g/218a, 433 points) in 247 games...Ranked as the top prospect for the 2009 NHL Draft by both NHL Central Scouting and International Scouting Services. 2007-08: Named the Canadian Hockey League and OHL Player of the Year after posting 118 points (40g/78a) in 59 games. 2006-07: Was named the 2007 CHL Player of the Year after breaking the OHL record for goals in a season with 72 (Wayne Gretzky, 70)...Named the OHL Player of the Year. 2005-06: Became the first overall pick in the 2005 OHL Draft after the league adjusted the age entry requirement to allow him to be drafted...Made his OHL debut as a 15-year-old, after receiving ‘exceptional player’ status and was tabbed as the CHL Rookie of the Year in 2006.