New York Islanders Mathew Barzal has yet to play 100 NHL games and already has 97 points. Joining Connor McDavid as the only player to scored 100 points in 100 games this decade.
Both Connor McDavid and New York Islanders Mathew Barzal were drafted in the first round of the 2015 draft. McDavid was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers, and what should have been the Oilers 16th overall pick was given to the Isles in a trade for Griffin Reinhart.
Just imagine that for a second. Both Connor McDavid and Mathew Barzal should have been on the same team.
Connor McDavid is a generational talent that has done some outstanding things in his short time in the NHL. He’s already won two Art Ross trophies, two Lester Pearson trophies, Art Ross trophy. He’s also the only player to score 100 points in his first 100 games this decade. At least he might be.
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Through his first 95 NHL games Mathew Barzal has 97 points (thanks to Eric Hornick for pointing that out).
He’s not at the 100 plateau just yet, but at the rate he’s been scoring since entering the league you’d have to expect that Barzal gets three points in another five games (including Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins).
Think about the players that have made their debuts in this decade and have played 100 games: Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthew, Patrik Laine.
Only Connor McDavid has reached 100 points in his first 100 games amongst that elite group of players. And Mathew Barzal is set to join his company.
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With the type of production that Mathew Barzal is bringing to the New York Islanders, they’re in good hands for year to come. Joining the likes of Connor McDavid in the scoring department has to make any and all New York Islanders fan smile with glee.