The New York Islanders have 36 points, good for just 14th place in the Eastern Conference. They have been outscored by 30 goals this season, fourth-worst in the NHL.
But there is a light shining through the dark night. His name is John Tavares and he's one of the NHL's brightest young stars.
Now he's also an NHL All-Star, the Islanders announced on Thursday. Tavares will compete in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Tavares leads the Islanders with 39 points, notching 14 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. Through four games in January, the 21-year old already has eight points, running his point streak to six games. Tavares has 12 points in those six games.
His appearance in the NHL All-Star Game will be his first. But hopefully for Tavares and the Islanders, there will be plenty to come.