by PuckStopsHere on 12/13/09 at 04:37 PM ET
I have been picking Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers as the rookie of the year but it has become clear that he has been surpassed in the race by John Tavares of the Islanders. Tavares has a significant lead among rookie scorers with 27 points. That total puts him in the lead among his New York Islander teammates. He has been everything the Islanders hoped he would be when they picked him first overall last summer.
Tavares is looking like he may have the best offensive rookie season since Evgeni Malkin three years ago and possibly since Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby the year before that. Does that mean he will establish himself as a star on their level in the near future? He has the potential.
John Tavares is 19 years old and is clearly the best player on the New York Islanders (which is not as big a feat as it sounds given that Matt Moulson is the only other player on the team with more than seven goals). If he can continue this level of play throughout the season and continue to mature as a player he should be an all time great. In the meantime he is the Calder Trophy front-runner.
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