The New York Islanders aren’t getting nearly enough from the Anthony Beauvillier – Mathew Barzal – Josh Bailey line. Last night was another example of this.
On paper, a line of Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal, and Josh Bailey make a lot of sense. Beau and Barzal have been friends for a long time and have worked well together in the past for the New York Islanders, while Bailey is a solid veteran to go on the right side.
This line no longer passes the eye test. Through 51 games, Beauvillier has just 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists). He’s on pace for 31 points playing mostly with Mat Barzal. That’s not good enough.
Last year, Beau came on strong and finished with 21 goals, and he even flashed at one point this year, but more often than not he isn’t good enough to play on a line with Barzal. He has just three points in the last 13 games.
On the other side, you have Josh Bailey, who is still on pace for a 60 points season despite not passing the eye test lately. Both he, and Mat Barzal had a couple mental mistakes late in the game last night which helped Boston go on to win 3-1.
While fully admitting, Bailey needs to be better more of the issue rides with Anthony Beauvillier. He’s just not producing enough right now in a top-six role. Maybe you give Michael Dal Colle a shot, or something more beneficial, make a trade.
Ultimately, the Isles are still in first place which is great, but they still have their flaws. Right now, this line is one of the glaring issues.
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