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.
Lee – Barzal – Eberle
Dal Colle – Nelson – Bailey
Kuhnhackl – Beauvillier – Komarov
Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck