Islanders forward John Tavares will represent New York at the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 29 at the Staples Center.
Tavares, 26, leads the Islanders with 27 points, while his 11 goals and 16 assists rank second on the team.
Tavares will make his fourth All-Star game appearance, having been selected to the game in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
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Tavares, not having a season to remember, team-wise or individually, is currently on pace for 24-35-58, which would be his lowest point total since his rookie year.
He has been very outspoken about his own lack of production over the last couple of weeks, not to mention he had to comment, yet again, on his upcoming contract negotiation with ownership that could take place as early as this July.
Always a consummate professional, Tavares speaks with a certain element of calmness, always measured in his responses. For him to speak out against his performances -- or lack thereof -- shows the passion that drives him, maybe sometimes to a fault, as it actually is counterproductive to getting off the snide. Meanwhile, linemates Josh Bailey and Anders Lee are doing just fine, one heading to a career high in points and another on pace for his first 30-goal season.
It just adds to the weirdness that has engulfed the Islanders this season.