The New York Islanders had two rookies make the team out of camp, Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier. They are both trending in different directions.
Expectations were high for these two, as Mathew Barzal was the New York Islanders top rated prospect going into this year. But, Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier seem to be trending in different directions.
Mathew Barzal is still waiting for his second appearance in the NHL. His lone appearance coming against the Washington Capitals. He showed his growing pains as Barzal took a penalty for playing the puck while in the penalty box.
It was a rough night for the kid, who spent six minutes in the box. Unfortunately for Barzal, Beauvillier has thrived when he’s been in the lineup. He’s got 5 points in 5 games so far, pretty impressive.
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Jack Capuano can’t afford to take one of his better point producers out of the lineup, especially with the first line struggling the way that it is. Unfortunately Barzal is just going to have to wait his turn.
When it comes down to it, Barzal will most likely be packing his bags for a trip back to Juniors. While Anthony Beauvillier has found his place in the lineup. It’s not to say that Barzal is a bust, if anything he is a talented young center who doesn’t have a center slot to slide into.
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