24: Anthony Beauvillier scores 27 goals
Last year was an odd year for Anthony Beauvillier. In most cases, if an NHL player is sent down to the AHL it’s considered a bad thing, but for Beau, it’s was the best thing to happen to him (so far).
After Beauvillier came back he had 29 points in 39 games which had him finish with 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) in 71 games. Over the course of a full 82 game season that’s a pace of 42 points.
This year, Beau should play all 82 games next to Mathew Barzal. That right there should be a lock for 50 points, including an uptick in scoring. I might even be selling Anthony Beauvillier too short with 27 goals.
With how he looks in the preseason a 30 goal season isn’t too crazy but I’ll temper my expectations to 27 goals and 52 points. Another reason for the uptick in production will be guaranteed playing time in the top-six.
Beauvillier spent some time on the third line, and obviously, that means a dip in linemates and playing time. With an increase in ice time, a full 82 game season, and being attached to Barzal’s hip expect a big year for Anthony Beauvillier.