Islanders sign top pick Tavares to three-year entry level contract

The New York Islanders officially locked up John Tavares on Wednesday, signing the top pick in last month’s NHL draft to a three-year entry level contract.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The New York Islanders officially locked up John Tavares on Wednesday, signing the top pick in last month’s NHL draft to a three-year entry level contract.

The Islanders selected Tavares first overall after the 19-year-old compiled 215 goals and 218 assists in just 247 Ontario Hockey League games.

“It’s an exciting time for the Islanders organization as we develop our young talent into a contender,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a statement. “John provides another important piece to help us achieve our ultimate goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

Tavares led the OHL in goals (58) and points (104) last season, splitting time between the Oshawa Generals and the London Knights.

“I’m excited to officially become a part of the New York Islanders organization and begin my professional career this upcoming season,” Tavares said in a statement. “I look forward to joining the Islanders and be part of a team that’s ultimate goal is to bring the Stanley Cup back to Long Island.”

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