EWB Best Season: (6) 2014-15 John Tavares vs. (27) 2014 Odell Beckham Jr.

John Tavares (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
John Tavares (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

Up next in the Empire Writes Back best season of the 2010’s tournament is the 6th seeded 2014-15 season of John Tavares against the 27th seeded 2014 season of Odell Beckham Jr.

The Empire Writes Back best season of the 2010’s tournament is back, as (6) 2014-15 John Tavares faces off against (27) 2014 Odell Beckham Jr.

First, we’ll start off with the season that Beckham Jr. had for the New York Giants in 2014.

Beckham Jr. had a monster rookie year for the Giants, recording 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games for the G-men that year. He also had a league high 108.8 yards per game and a solid 70% catch percentage.

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Beckham Jr. was awarded the Offensive Rookie of the Year for his efforts, and was named to the first pro bowl of his career. Even though he missed the first four game of the 2014 season, Beckham Jr. made his debut in week 5 and took the league by storm.

Speaking of taking the league by storm, John Tavares did exactly that during the 2014-15 season for the New York Islanders.

Tavares posted some big numbers for the Islanders, scoring 38 goals and adding 48 assists to total 86 points in 82 games for the Isles that year. He also had a +/- of 5 while averaging 20 minutes and  40 seconds of ice time per game. Tavares was named to the end of season all-star team, the first time in his career he achieved this. He also was named a finalist for the Hart Trophy, finishing third to Carey Price and Alex Ovechkin.

Tavares had arguably his best season as a pro in 2014, and it’s easy to see why. His numbers were off the charts, as he averaged over a point per game, which is very hard to do in the NHL.

While Tavares had an outstanding season, I have to give the win to Beckham Jr. in this one in an upset.

I understand that Tavares was a finalist for the NHL MVP. But Beckham Jr. only played in 12 games and posted numbers that would have been impressive even in a full 16 game season.

Beckham Jr. was on pace to have about 1,740 and 16 touchdowns if he played in every game in 2014. These kind of stats are almost unheard of, and he surely would have won more awards at the conclusion of the season other than the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Do you agree with my decision to pick Beckham Jr? Or do you think Tavares should be the winner? Either way, be sure to vote on our Twitter, @empirewritesbck, to determine who you want to advance to the next round.

Also, be on the lookout for future matchups in the tournament as well, which are released every morning during the tournament.

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