Tavares, who turns 23 this month, is the 14th captain in team history. He succeeds defenseman Mark Streit, who left as a free agent to join the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four NHL seasons. He had 28 goals — third most in the league — and 47 points while playing in all 48 games last season.
He was a finalist for the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL MVP. In his playoff debut, he had a team-high five points, including three goals, in New York’s six-game loss to Pittsburgh.
Tavares was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. He has represented Canada at four of the last five world championships.
Source: Associated Press