New York Islanders Podcast: Anthony Beauvillier Belongs on Third Line

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders scores at 3:17 of the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Barclays Center on December 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders scores at 3:17 of the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Barclays Center on December 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Anthony Beauvillier has struggled this season for the New York Islanders. But he seems to find some success next to Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov on the third line. That’s where he should stay.

Last year, playing next to Mathew Barzal prooved to a be a fruitful affair for the New York Islanders and Anthony Beauvillier. Barzal was a dominant offensive force with the ability to create a scoring opportunity out of nowhere, and his linemates were able to convert when Barzal presented them with an opportunity.

Next to Barzal, Beauvillier found himself on a 60 point pace after coming back from being sent down to the AHL due to some poor play. Beauvillier had completely turned around his season, and, we thought, maybe his career.

Maybe Beauvillier was a top-six player with 60 point potential. But this season we aren’t seeing that. Playing next to Barzal, Beauvillier hasn’t shown the same brilliance.

But playing next to veterans Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov, Beauvillier has shown he can be a productive member of the New York Islanders. Maybe not at a 60 point pace.

Maybe Beau is a third line player in the NHL, nothing more. There’s nothing wrong with that. For the time being, he should stay with Filppula and Komarov. It’s where he’s been the most productive.

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Artemi Panarin has fired his agent and hired the same one that represents both Sergei Bobrovsky and Ilya Sorokin. What does that mean for his availability at the trade deadline and the potential of reaching free agency on July 1?

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