New York Islanders former first-round pick Anthony Beauvillier is out of a deal. What should the Islanders offer him? Look no further than Anthony Duclair.
The 2018-19 season was supposed to be a big one for Beau. After ending the 2017-18 season on fire next to buddy Mathew Barzal, the winger was expected to have a big year under new management and coaching. That never materialized.
It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Beauvillier with his entry-level deal expiring at the end of the 2018-19 season. He’ll certainly get qualified by the New York Islanders, and they’ll certainly even extend him. But for how much?
‘s recent deal with the Ottawa Senators should prove as a good template.
I Do Duclair
Anthony Duclair had a ton of promise early in his career. In his first full NHL season, he scored 44 points and finished tenth in Calder voting. But since, his career hasn’t had the same highs.
In the last four seasons, Duclair has played for four different NHL teams. Moving from Arizona, to Chicago, to Columbus, and finally to Ottawa. In the process, he went from that 44 points player to a 33 point player last season and with 15 and 25 point season in-between.
The 23-year-old forward has had a pretty steady decline in the NHL. But, the Ottawa Senators decided to re-up on the restricted free agent for one more year at $1.65 million.
Beauvillier is in a similar situation. He’s shown flashes, but as a whole, his career has taken a negative trajectory. He went from a top-line lock to a third line winger in the span of a few months this season.
So what type of deal should the New York Islanders offer him as his entry-level deal expires?
Beau and Duclair are similar players. They play a similar style. Have similar production (Duclair is a 0.43PPG, Beau is a 0.40PPG). And both are at similar points in their NHL careers.
A deal for Beauvillier between $1.5 million to $1.65 million for two years seems about right.
Although seeing how Lou was able to knock off $500,000 from Jordan Eberle’s deal, it’s entirely possible he gets Beauvillier at an even lower number.
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The Anthony Duclair signing will certainly impact the Anthony Beauvillier deal with the New York Islanders. In terms of comparable deals for the Isles RFA, there isn’t one better at the moment than Anthony Duclair and his $1.65 million deal.