The New York Islanders have sent Anthony Beauvillier to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It’s been a few weeks in the making, but Beau needed to go to Bridgeport.
After making the team straight out of camp in the 2016-17 NHL season, New York Islanders youngster Anthony Beauvillier looked like a legitimate NHL player. Not a superstar, not even a star, but a solid NHL player.
In his first 66 games played he put up 24 points last season. Again, not jaw-dropping numbers, but certainly serviceable at the NHL level. Beau was a solid two-way way player with a goal scoring nack.
But this season it just hasn’t seemed to have picked up for the 20-year-old. With 31 games played to date he has seven points. That’s a pace of 19 over the course of the season.
For most of the season, he’s been a ghost out there on the third line next to Brock Nelson and has added very little for the Islanders going forward. So sending him to the AHL where he can hopefully rediscover that form from last season is an easy call to make.
It Make Sense
If it was so easy, then why did it take so long to make? Likely GM Garth Snow just wanted to give the youngster a chance to dig himself out of it. To which Beauvillier did no such thing.
Beauvillier is generating less than a point per 60 with 0.7. He has negative Corsi numbers with a 47.09 and relative -3.09 Corsi and faces the lowest Corsi for in terms of quality of competition. (All stats from Corsica.Hockey).
To be fair that third line has been completely irrelevant for some time now. It seems that since Ho-Sang was sent down to the AHL the Isles third line has done very little to create offense.
It’s easy to send Beau down. He’s on the second year of his entry-level deal. It might be tough to take at first, but playing at the AHL level might give Beauvillier the boost he needs. Hopefully.