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Tavares in race to be NHL's first pick overall @NHLdotcom

MONTREAL (AP) -John Tavares has waited for this moment nearly all his life even though he is only 18 years old.

Tavares could very well be the top pick at the NHL draft on Friday night. The New York Islanders have the first selection.

"I've worked very hard to get where I am," said Tavares, who turns 19 on Sept. 20. "I've really changed a lot of things that I needed to to get myself for the next level and it's always been my dream to play in the National Hockey League so (Friday) is one step towards that."

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