This is a big year for John Tavares.

The Islanders' 23-year-old star is coming off an extremely impressive year in which he was third in the NFL with 28 goals. The former No. 1 overall pick lived up to his lofty potential, leading the Islanders to the playoffs and being named a finalist for the Hart Trophy.

Tavares has been working diligently over the summer to avoid a letdown year. Recently the NHL Network caught up with Tavares as he completed a workout.

The young center mixes in traditional weightlifting with some neat advanced technology, including a fitLight system to improve quickness and reaction.