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Power Flow

by Jesse D. Eisenberg / New York Islanders

Hockey pundits often talk about the environment in which franchise player John Tavares is currently developing. More specifically, they wonder how well the two wingers that the centerman is paired with can cultivate the first overall draft pick’s tremendous talent.

PA Parenteau and Matt Moulson have flanked Tavares all season long, and 45 games into the season, their obvious influence on the 20-year-old pivot can no longer go unmentioned.

The crafty wingers have finally persuaded Tavares to grow out his flow.

A few weeks ago Rick DiPietro brought a barber to practice and offered the team Mohawk-style haircuts. While not every player went for the punk-style hairdo, almost everyone ended up with a trim. The JT line, however, respectfully declined.

Tavares has been sporting a shaggier look ever since, and his budding flow of wavy brown locks has correlated quite nicely with one of the most productive on-ice stretches of his young career. In his last eight games, Tavares has posted a trio of three-point nights, while totaling eight goals and four assists for twelve points.

Moulson was recently awarded a captain’s “A” for his wise tutelage of Tavares on what types of shampoos and conditioners to use, and how to keep his flow shiny and strong in Long Island’s harsh winter conditions. It’s only a matter of time before PA is recognized for his unselfishness in sharing the secret of the flow with his younger linemate.
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