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New York Islanders Daily: Mathew Barzal Proves Critics Wrong Again

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Mathew Barzal
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Mathew Barzal /
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Last night Mathew Barzal scored his 20th goal of the season for the New York Islanders. He’s yet again shutting up any doubters who were left.

Before Mathew Barzal made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders the biggest criticism with him was he didn’t shoot/score enough. That was one of the biggest reasons many assumed he couldn’t be the second line center right away.

Heck, even throughout the season when Brock Boeser was healthy the argument was made against Barzal for the Calder because he wasn’t scoring enough. It was a bad take, but the argument was still made nonetheless.

Last night, Barzal netted his 20th goal of the season, he’s also got 75 points in his rookie year which is beyond any of our wild expectations for him before the season.

Barzal is a special kind of talent and one we didn’t expect, at least not this quickly. It’s crazy to see how far he’s come from just a year ago being put in the doghouse for playing the puck while still in the penalty box to a young stud on his way to a historic rookie season.

If we can take just one nice thing out of this year, it’s Barzal. God, at least there’s Mat Barzal to be excited about. Kudos to him for going out there and proving everybody wrong. Matt Duchene who?

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