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New York Islanders Predicting RFA Contract Extensions

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Michael Dal Colle #28 of the New York Islanders (c) scores the game winning goal at 17:37 of the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 02, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Michael Dal Colle #28 of the New York Islanders (c) scores the game winning goal at 17:37 of the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 02, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Kings 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 26: Anthony Beauvillier puts on his hat after being selected 28th overall by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL – JUNE 26: Anthony Beauvillier puts on his hat after being selected 28th overall by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Anthony Beauvillier | LW (C)

It’s easy to forget that Anthony Beauvillier has already been in the NHL for three years now.

Beauvillier was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NHL draft (28th overall). He made the NHL straight out of training camp in his second year with the organization. And he’s, for the most part, been with the Islanders since.

But in those three years, he hasn’t yet shown that he can be a top-six forward at the NHL level yet. He’s yet to crack 40 points in a season. He posted 24 in his rookie season, 32 in 2017-18, and with 20 points in 54 games this season he’s on pace for 30 points.

Three years in his career and we have no idea what Beauvillier can be. Again, he’s shown glimpses of promise. In the second half of the 2017-18 season, he was scoring at a 60 point pace as he played alongside Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle.

But a glimpse a season ago isn’t good enough for Beau as he enters a contract year with a tough negotiator at the helm of the New York Islanders in Lou Lamoriello.

With Devon Toews and Ryan Pulock signing two-year deals once their ELC expired its clear that Beauvillier is destined for the same fate.

We know that Anthony Beauvillier belongs in the NHL, unlike Toews who hadn’t played in the NHL before signing his bridge deal. A deal similar to Ryan Pulock’s two-year $2 million deal is perfect (if not a little bit too much in terms of the cost) for a forward with Beau’s upside.

It gives Beauvillier time to get his game to where he should be, or to find out where he fits in the NHL. For the Islanders, it gives them cost certainty on the cap for what should be a top six player.

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