6: Mathew Barzal will lead the team in WAR
Let’s get analytical. Yes, WAR (that stat old folks who watch baseball complain about) is making its way into hockey. Last year, Barzal had the best WAR, or wins above replacement, on the team. This year it’ll be more of the same.
His overall WAR was 3.14 while Pajama Boy’s was just 1.69. At 21 years old, Mathew Barzal is just getting started so to expect him to become one of the leaders in this category in the league wouldn’t shock.
If the developmental process continues, he should put up even more points this year playing with two very competent wingers in Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey. Plus, Barzal will likely get more ice time with a new role on the top line.
Even if Barzal’s WAR is closer to 4 this year, which it should be, who could possibly catch him? No one else is on the same stratosphere as Barzy, last year Eberle was second and was still .47 behind him.
If this year is a down year, like many are expecting, watching the developmental process of Mathew Barzal will be very fun and entertaining.