This is going to be part one of a two-part “Hey Edmonton! How You feelin’?” Remember that the Oilers traded their 16th overall pick int he 2015 NHL draft for New York Islanders fourth overall pick in 2012; Griffin Reinhart.
To be fair, the Oilers did get Connor McDavid first overall. So no matter what they still won the draft. But imagine McDavid AND Barzal on the same team. That’s an insane 1-2 up the middle. That’s – taking this seasons points – a 185 point duo.
And that’s exactly what’s going to happen at the World Championships. Both McDavid and Barzal will have the chance to sit on the same bench. And maybe even play on the same line. So from May 4th to May 20th, get your Edmonton Oiler taunts ready.
But what should we expect from Barzal? Two things.
The first is to continue what he’s done this season. I’d like to see him dominate the tournament offensively, but I’d like for him to also work out a few defensive quirks. I feel bad critiquing Barzal for anything. But if there’s anything he can work on this offseason it’s that.
Look at how he coasts by Shayne Gostisbehere. That play led to a goal against.
Ultimately I just want to see him dominate and continue to do what he does. I don’t want him to lose any momentum over the summer. The only negative is the amount of hockey he’ll play. A full season and then another summer tournament? Thankfully he’s still young.