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New York Islanders Future Core Players Are Here Now

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: (l-r) Mathew Barzal #13, Anthony Beauvillier #72, Jordan Eberle #7 and Dennis Seidenberg #4 of the New York Islanders celebrate a first period goal by Beauvillier at the Barclays Center on March 30, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: (l-r) Mathew Barzal #13, Anthony Beauvillier #72, Jordan Eberle #7 and Dennis Seidenberg #4 of the New York Islanders celebrate a first period goal by Beauvillier at the Barclays Center on March 30, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Anthony Beauvillier #72 of the New York Islanders awaits a face off against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Anthony Beauvillier

Anothny Beauvillier spent time int he AHL this season. So how the heck can he make the list for the future? At one point he wasn’t good enough to be on the Islanders.

It’s true, up until January 7th, 2018, Anothny Beauvillier’s season wasn’t going well. At that point, he had all of eight points to his name. Which put him on pace for 21 points on the season. Which would have been a worse season than his rookie year.

Down he went. But due to injuries, Beauvillier was right back up at the NHL within days. The call down had a positive effect on Beauvillier. He had two games with the Sound Tigers and registered two goals. That kept up when he got back to the NHL.

In the 36 games since he was called back to the New York Islanders from Bridgeport, Beauvillier has become one heck of an offensive threat. In those 36 games, Beauvillier has scored 24 points. Tripling his production before he was sent down.

Aggregate that production over a full 82 game season and Beauvillier is a 55 point player. And he’s only 20-years-old.

Beauvillier is going to get better. There’s no question about it. A 60 point player or better at Beauvillier’s peak isn’t unreasonable to think.

Beauvillier is a natural center, but putting him on the wing next to Mathew Barzal has been outstandingly productive for the Islanders. The two already have a deep bond and chemistry off the ice. On the ice, it’s more of the same.

Imagine both Barzal and Beauvilier at their peaks in a few years? It’s going to be absolutely dominant.

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