The Next 'NEXT ONE?'

There's a new kid on the block in the hockey world, and his name is John Tavares.

Tavares made his Ontario Hockey debut in September of 2005, just days before his 15th birthday. He had 45 goals and 77 points in his first year with the Oshawa Generals and raised plenty of eyebrows when he broke Wayne Gretzky's league record for goals by a 16-year-old last season.
On top of that, he's won the 2006 CHL Rookie
of the Year Award, the OHL Rookie of the Year
award, and the 2007 CHL and OHL Player of
the Year in his second season.

And he's not even eligible for the 2008 NHL Entry
Draft - he's projected to go
No. 1 in 2009.

Follow's John Tavares Archive for anything and everything on the kid who could be hockey's 'Next Big Thing.'

Position: Centre | Shoots: L | Height: 6'0" | Weight: 183 lbs.
Born: 9/20/1990 | Hometown: Oakville, ON


NHL Draft: Eligible in 2009

2006-07: CHL - Player of the Year (Canadian Major Junior)
2006-07: OHL - Red Tilson Trophy (Most Oustanding Player)
2006-07: OHL - First All-Star Team
2005-06: CHL - Rookie of the Year (Canadian Major Junior)
2005-06: OHL - Emms Family Award (Rookie of the Year)
2005-06: OHL - First All-Rookie Team

Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
2006-2007 Oshawa (OHL) 67 72 62 134 +25 60
2007 Playoffs Oshawa (OHL) 9 7 12 19 -4 6
2005-2006 Oshawa (OHL) 65 45 32 77 +25 72

Hockey Insider Analysis

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Broadband Features

The Reporters:
The panel discusses if John Tavares should get an exemption from the National Hockey League to enter the Entry Draft one year early.
Off The Record:
Dave Hodge and the panel debate John Tavares' playing status with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies.
Off The Record:
Michael and the guests discuss whether the NHL should bend its rules and allow John Tavares to be drafted in 2008.

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