New York Islanders Daily: Mathew Barzal On TSN Vancouver

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Mathew Barzal
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Mathew Barzal /

It’s been a fantastic start to the season for New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal. He joined TSN Vancouver to talk Islanders hockey.

With 23 points in 23 games, Mathew Barzal has been impressive with the New York Islanders. He leads the way in scoring for all rookies across the league, which makes him a serious Calder candidate.

Yesterday, He hopped on TSN 1040 to talk about his rookie season and playing in his hometown tonight. If you want to hear the full 12-minute interview you can listen right here

There were three interesting things that stuck out to me from this interview. First, Barzal mentioned that the Islanders have had him play through his mistakes. That’s something they didn’t allow last year.

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When he mad the brutal mistake of playing the puck in the box Jack Capuano banished him to the press box and he never got a real chance to prove himself in the NHL last year. This year he got off to a bit of a slow start, not recording a point until the sixth game.

He’s turned it on lately with 12 points in the Islanders last 10 games. That’s one of the main reasons I praise letting young guys figure it out at the NHL level. It’s working for Barzal, they should’ve done it with Ho-Sang. But, that’s a story for another day.

He mentioned his solid, veteran linemates too and that’s the perfect way to describe them. Jordan Eberle and Andrew Ladd aren’t always flashy but they sure are effective. The Islanders second line has become a treat to watch on a nightly basis.

Lastly, he mentioned John Tavares being the hardest worker. I feel like I say this all the time but it does wonders for a team when their star is the hardest worker. That’s why J.T. is the perfect captain.

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