New York Islanders rookie sensation Mathew Barzal has tied a 100-year-old record. Last night he became just the second rookie to have three five-point games.
It’s honestly ridiculous how much Mathew Barzal gets overlooked. The New York Islanders rookie has had one of the most impressive rookie seasons we’ve ever seen yet most experts pick against him to win the Calder.
If anyone still believes Brock Boeser should win the Calder after Barzal’s performance last night I think I’m going to have to start re-evaluating my trust in the NHL media. That’s with all due respect to Boeser who is fantastic in his own way.
Mat Barzal became the first rookie since Joe Malone, 100 years ago, to record three five-point games in his rookie year. That is unfathomable.
I was huge on Barzal as a prospect but there was no way I thought he’d be this good, at least not this quickly maybe. If I’m not mistaken before the year I thought Barzal would finish with between 40 and 45 points.
He’s crushing those expectations. In 56 games Barzal has 58 points (16 goals, 42 assists). 58! In his first year in the league, Barzal is on pace for 85 points. That’d be more than Tavares had in his first year in the league by 31 points.
Rob Taub shared this interesting stat on twitter last night about Crosby and Barzal:
I don’t think the outside world realizes how special this kid really is. He’s doing things we’ve never seen before and the best part is he has a Tavares ahead of him manning that top line. The Islanders would be smart to build around these two pieces for the next decade.
If that happens is yet to be seen, we know Garth Snow isn’t the best at making decisions to build a contender but as for right now at the very least we can enjoy the talent that this 20-year-old brings every night.