Posted on: November 17, 2009 12:52 am
Wes Goldstein has an article on the main page right now about the 'Rookie sensation Tavares' and I just wanted to touch on a few things in the article. So, first I will include the link to the article, please go have a quick read before you continue.
Now that you have read that, the first thing I want to say is this - why do people put so much pressure on a rookie to 'save' a franchise? Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Carey Price, and now John Tavares. Sometimes it works, and the player responds positively to the pressure, as was the case with Crosby and Ovechkin. Other times, as with Stamkos and Price, the player has a 'normal' rookie season, and the media turns around and bashes them for not producing, not saving the team. Luckily for Tavares, so far he is playing up to the media expectation and no one is doubting his ability to become and NHL star.
And though I must say that up here in Canada we do love our hockey, I would like to see the media change their coverage level a little bit. Especially in Montreal and Toronto, where the news media is dominated by NHL stories during the season and sometimes even during the off season. Because it kills me a little inside to see a former Montreal Canadien, Mark Streit, make mention of what should be an obvious fact about hockey being 24/7 here. Streit is right though, in regards to Tavares. The Islanders may not be saying it, the media may already be trying to pry it out of them, and Tavares may well be it, but can we just let the kid play some hockey without laying it on him.
And since this is about Tavares, and I've been a fan of his for a while, watching him play in the OHL and the World Juniors, I've decided to include a link to what I would consider my favourite John Tavares goal. If you have an alternative, feel free to post it, I'll watch it.
So here it is, World Junior magic -