John Tavares may be behind the curve as a No. 1 overall pick, but a) he's playing for the Islanders and b) he may be coming around. Something clicked a few weeks ago, right about the time he engaged in his first career fight. On Dec. 11 against the Atlanta Thrashers, Tavares tussled with Alexander Burmistrov in the first scrap of either player's NHL career. In letting out some aggression, Tavares has seemingly knocked off the pressure of being the biggest offensive weapon.