New York Islanders Roundtable: What Rookie Makes the Team?

Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

Chris Lizza 

The rookie that is going to make the Islanders this season is Mathew Barzal. There are a number of reasons for this most importantly being the Islanders need his offense. On paper the Isles lost some goals by the changes that occurred this summer.

Having said that there is a big opportunity for Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Ryan Strome to have bigger roles & a bigger impact this season. The question is will they take advantage of this opportunity?

But going back to Brazal, he is ready for the NHL. He is a dynamic player who is a gifted skater, tremendous passer and a weapon on the power play. Most importantly, like all great players (which I believe Barzal will become) he makes everyone around him better.

Brazal showed last year at 18, he very well could have been ready for the NHL. The Islanders were smart by being conservative with him. However, Barzal’s time is now.

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