New York Islanders: NHL Network Discusses Mathew Barzal

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders holds the puck with which he scored his first NHL goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2017 in New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 4-3 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders holds the puck with which he scored his first NHL goal against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2017 in New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 4-3 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The NHL Network discussed Mathew Barzal’s new role with the New York Islanders as the face of the franchise with John Tavares gone in Toronto.

With John Tavares in Toronto it’s no secret that Mathew Barzal is now “The Guy” for this New York Islanders team. Coming off an 85 point, Calder winning rookie season, expectations are high for Barzy in year two.

The folks over at NHL Network decided to talk about how things are going to be different for Barzal in year two with the team.

One of the first discussion points is that the team is now on his shoulders. The offense goes as Mathew Barzal goes. It’s true, and it’s something that Barzal, even at 21 should be able to handle at this level.

Maturity is going to go a long way for Barzal and luckily, Barzal has come off as extremely mature ever since the “star struck” incident a couple of years ago. Last year he was third in ice time for Islanders forwards and that should only increase this year.

The more Barzal is on the ice, the more opportunity he has to score. Last year was 17:46 per game if he’s closer to Johnny’s 19:56 then an increase in point production isn’t too far out of the realm of possibilities for Barzal in 2018-2019.

His development will be one of the best storylines of 2018 and should be an interesting watch this year. Only 43 more days to go…Fall is coming.

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