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New York Islanders: Top 3 In-House 3rd Line Center Options

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on November 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on November 30, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Anthony Beauvillier #72 of the New York Islanders awaits a face off against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Option 2: Anthony Beauvillier

It’s been an interesting start to Anthony Beauvillier’s career. In his first year, he played 66 games and put up 24 points. He bounced between the lineup and the scratch pad and also bounced between center and wing.

The next year saw a snail pace of a start for Beau which got him sent to the minors. When he came back he was paired with Mathew Barzal and would go on to score 21 goals and put up 36 points.

Expectations were high for 2018-2019 and it was a major flop of a season. He finished with just 28 points, and bounced between the Barzal line and the Filppula line last year. Perhaps a move back to his natural position would suit him well?

One thing is for sure, he has to start the season on the third line. If they are relying on Beau to be in the top-six there’s a big issue here.  Now, over the course of his NHL career, he hasn’t been good on the faceoffs (just 42.5 percent).

If that’s something that can be worked on and if he can get to even 48 percent I think the Islanders can survive with that. That way, you can keep Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck together and you don’t have to put Leo Komarov in the third line center role.

Lines

Lee – Barzal – Eberle

Dal Colle – Nelson – Bailey

Kuhnhackl – Beauvillier – Komarov

Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

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