Last night at the Rexall Place arena in Edmonton, New York Islander, John Tavares made his NHL debut alongside teammate, Doug Weight. John Tavares was the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft. I was fortunate enough to witness this debut with thanks to David Staples of The Edmonton Journal for some great skybox seats. Visit David’s excellent blog, The Cult of Hockey, in my blogroll section.
Though it was definitely an exciting opportunity to get to see John Tavares play in his first NHL game–albeit a preseaon game, Tavares was held scoreless by the Edmonton Oilers. Of note, Tavares won 10/16 faceoffs during the game which includes the one in the above picture vs. Andrew Cogliano. Credited with only one shot during the game, Tavares was also on the ice for the first Islander goal by Bruno Gervais which was unassisted. However, he was also on the ice for 2 of 3 the three goals scored by the Edmonton Oilers during the 3rd period.
Of note, John Tavares was reportedly recovering from a recent flu which may have affected his play somewhat during this particular game.