In an impressive video, New York Islanders star Mathew Barzal shows off his exciting stick handling skills for the camera.
In his rookie season with the New York Islanders, Mathew Barzal consistently put on a show. Playing in all 82 games, Barzal finished the season with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) leading all rookies in points.
His Calder Winning season will go down as one of the better rookie seasons in Islanders history. The 20-year-old certainly made things exciting on the second line.
Yesterday, Barzy showed off his impressive skills in a 23-second video
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Mathew Barzal, in full uniform, was out on the ice by himself putting on a show. The camera follows him as he weaves in and out around pucks and uses his nasty handles along the way. In the middle of July, I'd consider this must watch material.
Islanders fans deserve something to be excited about after a tough couple of weeks and that's exactly what Barzal provides.
At 20 years old he had 85 points in the league. What will he be like at 23-years-old? One can only wonder what his ceiling could be. Will he be the first 100 point Islander since Pierre Turgeon in 1993? He certainly has the best chance of doing it out of anyone on the roster.
Barzal will have a bigger workload in 2018-2019 as it's assumed he'll be taking over the number one center role. That leaves a hole on the second line, just like we thought going into last year.
Now, this is Barzal's team and the Islanders will build around him instead of he who shall not be named. With Oliver Wahlstrom, Kieffer Bellows, and Josh Ho-Sang in the system and all under 22-years-old the Islanders can have a very young forward core to build around.