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New York Islanders Daily: Barzal and Beauvillier Visit MLB Network

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 2:20 of the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 2:20 of the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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New York Islanders youngsters Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier took batting practice with Pedro Martinez of MLB Network.

Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal seem to have this hockey thing down pretty good. Mathew Barzal put up 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) and Anthony Beauvillier had 36 (21 goals, 15 assists) for the New York Islanders in 2017-2018.

The boys took their talents to the diamond yesterday for a once in a lifetime opportunity. They took batting practice with Pedro Martinez of MLB Network.

Barzal and Beauvillier, both 20 years old grew up when Pedro Martinez was dominating on the mound. Getting to face childhood idols is something they must be used to by now playing in the NHL at a young age, but also facing an icon like Pedro has to be high up on the list even for these guys.

Anthony Beauvillier’s swing looks pretty good for a hockey player:

Look at that boy clearing the hips before the hand come through the zone, very proud. With the offseason now underway look for these two, especially Barzal to make a lot of appearances. He’s earned it.

In non-Isles related news, the NHL playoffs begin today. At least fans can enjoy stress-free hockey and see a solid on-ice product for a change.

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