New York Islanders Anthony Beauvillier 2018-2019 Season Grade
By Matt O'Leary
2018-2019 was a rough year for New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier. He took a step back after a promising second half to 2017-2018.
After a strong second half to 2017-2018, the New York Islanders were expecting a lot from Anthony Beauvillier. In his age 20 season, Beauvillier put up 21 goals and 36 points playing alongside Mathew Barzal.
With the formula remaining the same, Beauvillier – Barzal – Eberle, the results should, in theory, be the same right? Well, unfortunately, hockey doesn’t work that way.
It was a disaster of a season for Anthony Beauvillier. Out of the gates, Beau started about as slow as possible. It took him eight games to record his first point, which was a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Through the first 16 games of the season, Beau was stuck on the one measly point. 16 games is 19.5 percent of a season. For almost a fifth of the season, Anthony Beauvillier had one point. That’s atrocious.
In his 17th game of the season, it looked like he was about to turn it around. With a hat-trick and an assist to go along with it against the New York Rangers, second half Beauvillier looked to be back. He even picked up three more points in the next four games.
That success was short lived. He went right back to his struggles. December saw Beauvillier score four goals in five games but that scoring spell quickly dried up too. By years end, Beauvillier dropped to the third line with Leo Komarov and Val Filppula.
Beau finished with 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) in 81 games played. That’s an eight-point drop off from the year prior, which he was expected to build on.
Heading into the season expectations were high. I thought for sure you could pencil him in for 25 goals and maybe 45 points. He underwhelmed, as all of his numbers took a step back this past year from a season that looked like a stepping stone.
For that, a D is going to have to do for Anthony Beauvillier. He still receives a passing grade but just barely. Now, there are major question marks surrounding Beau, as he’s heading into his fourth full year in the league and we still have no idea what kind of player he is at the NHL level.