New York York Islanders Daily: Doug Weight Benches Barzal

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Mathew Barzal
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Mathew Barzal /

Last night the New York Islanders lost in one of the most frustrating fashions. It didn’t help that their 60 point rookie wasn’t on the ice in the third period either.

One of the more frustrating aspects from this year is Doug Weight and the New York Islanders, in general, is the treatment of young players vs the treatment of veterans. Last night it was the Calder favorite who got the short end of the stick.

Let’s look at the play that got Mathew Barzal benched for the last seven minutes of the game:

a turnover on the power play. That is it. Does this play justify benching arguably your hottest forward at the moment? Absolutely not. Let’s consider this as well, Jason Chimera had a bad turnover on a potential odd-man rush advantage and we didn’t hear boo about it.

This turnover is just as bad, and oh yeah he also drew a penalty which lead to a power-play goal. Jason Chimera getting the benefit of the doubt over Barzal is pretty wild stuff if you ask me.

And what did the coach have to say about it?

Thanks, coach good talk! The Isles are falling apart at the seams right now. Something has to change.

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