John Tavares and Steven Stamkos were both first overall picks in their draft year. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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
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