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New York Islanders Five Reasons 2018-19 Season Will be a Success

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Anthony Beauvillier #72 of the New York Islanders awaits a face off against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game 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) /

Anthony Beauvillier Steps Up

It’s clear that the New York Islanders aren’t willing to break up the bromance between Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal. The long-time friends were absolutely electric in the second half of the 2017-18 NHL season.

In January 2018 Beauvillier found himself being sent to the AHL. He spent the entirety of the 2016-17 season with the Islanders and a year later he was going back to the AHL.

Between October and the start of January Beau had produced seven points in 32 games. Over the course of a full 82 games, that’s a return of 21 points. A three-point slide from the 24 points he had put up in his rookie year. The Islanders, and Beauvillier, clearly expected more.

He stayed in the AHL for a matter of days before he was back in the lineup. With injuries to the lineup, Beauvillier found himself playing with Mathew Barzal.

Between his return on January 13th until the end of the season Beauvillier scored 28 points including five goals in his final six games.

If the Islanders can get that Anthony Beauvillier in 2018-19 they’ll potentially have a 59 point player. That’s 23 point increase from his sophomore season. Being the finisher on a line made up of Barzal, Bailey and himself, Beauvillier could easily find the back of the net 30 times this season.

That’s going to go a long way to replace the production that left when Tavares remembered what bedspread he had back at home in Mississauga.

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