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New York Islanders: Top 25 Under 25 2019-2020 Edition

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 28: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 4:51 of the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on December 28, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 28: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 4:51 of the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on December 28, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Number 1: Mathew Barzal (Center) | Age: 22

New York Islanders Stats: 18 G, 44 A, 62 PTS

It was a bit of a sophomore slump for the “Kid who won the Calder” in 2018-2019. He went from an 85 point season to a 62 point season. Despite the regression, Barzal is by far the most important piece on this team (including people over 25).

At 22, he is a legit top-line center and the building block of this Isles team. When his team needed him most in the playoffs last year he was elite. He had seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in eight games.

It was because he finally had a line that was working (Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle). For a big chunk of the year, Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey were slumping playing with Barzal, resulting in a lack of production from Barzal.

All signs are pointing to Barzy having a bounce-back year, even in a Barry Trotz system. Like Pulock, he is due a contract after this year and it all depends on what he produces for the Isles this year.

Next. Top 10 Prospects For 2019-2020

This concludes our top 25 under 25. Let us know in the comments if you agree and who you’d move up or down on the list. One thing we can all agree on is there’s a ton of talent on this list.

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