Skip to main content

VIDEO: Tavares looks to follow Stamkos' scoring steps

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

By all accounts John Tavares had a successful rookie season in the NHL. He wasn’t nominated for the Calder Trophy, but his 24 goals and 54 points on a weak Islanders team demonstrated he could succeed in the league.

In fact, Tavares’ rookie numbers are slightly better than Steven Stamkos’ in his first season. Stamkos had 23 goals and 46 points in 2008-09, but was able to more than double his offensive output in his sophomore campaign.

The Lightning center finished with 51 goals and 95 points this year and partly credits his success to his performance at the 2009 IIHF World Championship. Tavares enjoyed similar success at this year’s tournament and hopes he too can turn that experience into a breakout second year.

Ryan Kennedy caught up with Tavares and Stamkos recently in Toronto to discuss the World Championship and sophomore success.

REPORTER: Ryan Kennedy | PRODUCER: Ted Cooper

Watch more video features on TheHockeyNews.TV.



Colorado Avalanche Advance to Western Conference Final

The Colorado Avalanche are off to the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs after beating the St. Louis Blues in six games.

Johhny Gaudreau

Calgary Flames Have Important Off-Season Questions Ahead

The Battle of Alberta didn't end as the Calgary Flames hoped. And now, with that bitter sting fresh in their system, the Flames have major decisions to make in the off-season.


Bluelines: Behind the Lightning's Remarkable Resiliency

Stan Fischler looks at the Tampa Bay Lightning, Connor McDavid, John Tortorella and the Philadelphia Flyers, a major milestone for women's hockey, Frans Nielsen, Claude Giroux and so much more.