New York Islanders Mathew Barzal Wins Calder Trophy

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes 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)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes 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) /
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The New York Islanders have a Calder Trophy for the first time since Bryan Berard did it back in 1997. It’s great to be on top again.

At the start of the 2017-18 NHL seasons, the New York Islanders had high hopes for Mathew Barzal. (Can you tell that I’ve been watching the awards ceremony?) The Islanders needed a second line center to lineup behind John Tavares, and the hope was Barzal could be that guy.

After losing Frans Nielsen during the 2016 free agency period the Islanders had a big hole to fill down the middle. And Brock Nelson clearly wasn’t the guy.

After a false start in 2016-17 where Barzal played two games before shipped back to the WHL, we didn’t know what to expect. We knew Barzal would be good, but we didn’t know he was going to be this good.

Outstanding Rookie Year

Through 82 games Mathew Barzal put up an unprecedented 85 points. To put that into perspective, Barzal’s 85 points was the most by a New York Islanders rookie since Mike Bossy scored 91 points in 1977-78.

Through those 82 games, Barzal had 20 multi-point games. He had six three points games and another three games where he scored five points.

In terms of his rookie class, Barzal was clearly a cut above the rest.

Barzal finished 20 points above his closest competitor, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks. Barzal finished sixth in goals with 22 and finished first in assists with 63. His 1.04 points per games best any player that played more than two games in the NHL.

The voters in the PWHA agreed that Barzal was the clear choice. Of the 167 possible first place votes, Mathew Barzal took 160 of them. #Unanimous.

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The New York Islanders have a Calder Trophy winner for the first time since 1997 when defenseman Bryan Berard won it. The future looks incredibly bright for the New York Islanders with Mathew Barzal.

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