Top 5 Under 25: #2 John Tavares, Erik Karlsson



At number two, we have another tie. This time we have a captain and a future captain! We have the current captain of the New York Islanders, John Tavares, and we have the phenom from the Ottawa Senators, Erik Karlsson! John Tavares was drafted first overall in the 2009 by the New York Islanders. Erik Karlsson was drafted 15th Overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2008 Draft by the Ottawa Senators. John Tavares has blossomed into one of the best playmakers the league has.

If you don’t know what they’re like, here’s some short clips showing their highlights!
First, Erik Karlsson:

Second, John Tavares:

Here’s how we voted them:
Karlsson Tavares

I personally had Tavares above Karlsson, and here’s why. Karlsson will be the one of the best, or the best defenseman for many years to come, but I don’t think he will be a contender for the best player in the league. I think John Tavares will be in contention to be the best in the league in a year or two. Put it this way. Many of us play fantasy hockey right? If you had the choice between John Tavares or Erik Karlsson as your first overall pick, I’d pick John Tavares. I’m not saying Erik Karlsson is a bad player, I just think he makes a bigger impact.

One of our new writers Shirley had Tavares and 5 and Karlsson not listed, and here’s why she Tavares so high,” At only 23 years of age, John Tavares, captain of the New York Islanders fails to impress his fans. Among hundreds of striving players, he was selected 1st overall in the 2009 NHL draft. Tavares participated in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and several world IIHF tournaments. Although the New York islanders haven’t come close to a Stanley cup, he shows hope with a 291 NHL point at only 23 years old. As the upcoming 2013-2014 season is approaching, fans expect just as much effort as he put in last season after making an appearance at the playoffs the first time after 6 years. “But just because those expectations are there, doesn’t mean we are going to be there. We’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of us.” -John Tavares”

How good is Karlsson? I could write you a gigantic paragraph, but this TSN feature explains it better than I do.

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