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TUGGERAH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Close up of the microphones and desk before the press conference on August 8, 2018 in Tuggerah, Australia. The Central Coast Mariners confirmed that 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the club, with the aim to develop the 'world's fasted man' into a professional footballer. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
TUGGERAH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Close up of the microphones and desk before the press conference on August 8, 2018 in Tuggerah, Australia. The Central Coast Mariners confirmed that 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the club, with the aim to develop the 'world's fasted man' into a professional footballer. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 26: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on September 26, 2018 in New York City. The Islanders defeated the Rangers 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Anthony Beauvillier

Question: “Did the Michael Dal Colle call up remind you of your 2017 AHL stint?”

The 2018-19 season was the second season in which Anthony Beauvillier has started off the year slowly. Last season that slow start earned him a send down to the AHL.

After injuries to a few players in the Isles top six Beauvillier was called back up. All in all his AHL trip lasted only a few days. That was enough for Anthony Beauvillier who went on to score 29 points in his final 39 games.

Cut to 2018-19 and through the first 16 games of the season, Beauvillier had but a single point to his name. It felt like 2017-18 all over again. So the Islanders called up Michael Dal Colle to the NHL on November 15th.

It seemed like the Islanders gave Beauvillier one last chance. They’d see how he’d play against the New York Rangers. If he was silent Dal Colle would take his spot in the lineup. Beauvillier answered with a hat-trick and an assist. Dal Colle would stay up for two games filling in on the fourth line before being sent down.

Beau is still producing since his four-point night against the Rangers. He’s added another six points over the next 12 games after that four-point night versus the Rangers.

Why It’s an Important Question

If the call-up of Michael Dal Colle is what woke up Anthony Beauvillier that might be worrisome. Are the New York Islanders going to have to devise some new and fresh way to get him out of his early-season funk every year?

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