New York Islanders Three Options for Anthony Beauvillier
Move Him Down
The New York Islanders could move Anthony Beauvillier back with Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov on the third line. After all, when Beauvillier started scoring again this season he was playing with Filppula and Komarov. It makes sense to put them back together.
That means Michael Dal Colle could move up on the game-day roster to line two. The former fifth overall pick in 2014 has deserved a more offensive role with the Islanders. It might just be time to give him one.
While he hasn’t lit the lamp on the third line, he’s done everything that Barry Trotz has asked of him, and he’s done it well. Dal Colle has 28 points in 29 AHL games this season, he deserves a chance to show what he can do with a more offensive deployment.
It’s worked before. Anthony Beauvilier playing alongside Filppula and Komarov has worked. Putting them back together could work again.
Dal Colle will certainly relish the opportunity to show that he can contribute offensively. And who better to help you prove that then Mathew Barzal? If Dal Colle can get into some open ice, Barzal will find him. This could be a win-win.
It could also prove to be moot. It’s not like Dal Colle is scoring on the third line. He has two points to his name in fourteen games. He could be just as productive next to Mathew Barzal as he is to Valtteri Filppula.
Same goes for Beauvillier. Swapping the two could produce no extra offense for the Islanders and could simply destabilize lines two and three.
Again, Dal Colle isn’t scoring next to Filppula and he could be just as unproductive next to Barzal. Which could reduce whatever trade value he might have and potentially throw a wrench into the Islanders lineup.