Monday, October 15, 2007

Tavares watch

Eight games in, John Tavares and the Oshawa Generals are on fire.

Oshawa won 8-2 yesterday against the Kingston Frontenacs, with Tavares picking up a hat trick and two more assists. The Generals are 5-2-1 this season, and have scored an average of five goals a game, outscoring opponents 40-27.

It's really no surprise that the just-turned-17 Tavares leads all of Canadian major junior in scoring already, with 13 goals and 22 points in eight games. He's on pace for a 109-goal, 184-point season if he gets into as many as the 67 games he played last season. (Sidney Crosby had 66 goals and 168 points in his 17-year-old season with Rimouski.)

Now, as I said, it's early, but 109 goals would be the third-best ever in major junior history, behind only Mario Lemieux's 133 in 1983-84 and Guy Lafleur's 130 in 1970-71. Players have topped 200 points 11 times in junior hockey.

Tavares will almost certainly miss a portion of the OHL season while at the world junior championship in the Czech Republic this Christmas, so that puts a dent in any potential record chase. In terms of career records, however, he's just 83 goals from matching the all-time OHL goal scoring record and 246 from the points record.

The major junior goal scoring record is held by Lafleur at 314, which means Tavares will need another 184 goals over the remainder of this season and the whole year in 2008-09 — about 125 games — to meet that mark.

Ineligible for the entry draft until 2009, he might as well chase a few records.



At 2:16 p.m., October 15, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

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At 2:17 p.m., October 15, 2007, Blogger sager said...

Great post... Tavares is frickin' awesome and who knew Kingston was still actually considered an OHL team?

Their general manager probably went into work today and told the administrative assistant to "fire up the Internet machine" and ask the NHL to let Tavares come in early, possibly by next week.

At 2:22 p.m., October 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Tavares can pad his stats by skipping the world junior tournament, like Mario?


At 3:22 p.m., October 15, 2007, Blogger Paul F said...

I'm marking February 29th on my calendar as the only day the Generals visit Kitchener. Should be fun.

Unless, of course, they meet in the Memorial Cup.

At 4:17 p.m., October 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON, it will impress me more if Tavares can score 690 NHL goals, like Mario.

shove it.

At 4:19 p.m., October 15, 2007, Anonymous said...

It makes no sense to me that the NHL won't take this guy, rules or no rules. If he is truly world class then he should be playing in the NHL regardless of his age.

Talk about a positive story the NHL could be taking advantage of rather than getting slapped around in the media with Downie and Boulerice.


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