New York Islanders Winners And Losers Of Week 2
Loser: Mathew Barzal
Barzal has one game under his belt so far this year. He is definitely losing playing time to Anthony Beauvillier who has clicked well.
Barzal’s lone appearance was the second game of the year against the Capitals. A game in which he served three penalties, one due to an awful mental mistake.
Ever since his very rookie like mistake he has been unable to find the ice. Although I’m sure he’s enjoying the popcorn in the press box it would be ideal to see what you have out of this kid. Ultimately I think due to the emergence of Beauvillier and his mental lapse he will be on the next flight to Seattle.
It’s not necessarily his fault, there’s just no where to put him at the moment. Although the Islanders would be lying if they said that he wouldn’t be valuable on the otherwise anemic power play.
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He’ll get his chance eventually, it’s more of Beauvillier establishing himself than proving that Barzal isn’t NHL ready. He’s still yet to prove anything about himself in just one game.