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New York Islanders Mathew Barzal Dominates At IIHF Worlds

HERNING, DENMARK - MAY 06: Matt Barzal of Canada skates against Korea during the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship group stage game between Korea and Canada at Jyske Bank Boxen on May 6, 2018 in Herning, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
HERNING, DENMARK - MAY 06: Matt Barzal of Canada skates against Korea during the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship group stage game between Korea and Canada at Jyske Bank Boxen on May 6, 2018 in Herning, Denmark. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Mathew Barzal is one of the many New York Islanders playing in the IIHF World Tournament. He is dominating at that level too of course.

In a season filled with disappointments, Mathew Barzal was one of the rare bright spots for the New York Islanders in 2017-2018. In 82 games, Barzal put up 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in his first full season in the league.

It was a great surprise, how fast Mat burst onto the scene. His Calder nomination was well deserved and he should walk home with the award easily.

His impressive season didn’t stop after the Islanders season came to an end in April. In the IIHF World Tournament, Mathew Barzal has dominated play there as well. In today’s 10-0 win for Canada over Korea, Barzal led the way with three assists.

Barzal now has four points in the entire tournament leading the way for all players in the tourney. Today’s game was also impressive for not only Barzal but for the other Islanders who represent Canada this year.

Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Pulock, Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier all contributed with points in the 10-0 dominant performance over Korea.

With questions of John Tavares’ future with the team, it’s exciting to see Barzal blossom into a superstar of his own. The ceiling is certainly high for Barzy, and of course, Islander fans want both Tavares and Barzal in the long-term plans but if Tavares leaves they have a number one center ready.

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If you’d like to catch Barzal or any of the Islanders playing for Canada, the next game they play is Monday at 2:15 pm. They will take on Denmark, who is hosting the tournament.

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