The New York Islanders reached an agreement with RFA Anthony Beauvillier on a two-year deal. Keeping him with the Islanders through his age 23 season.
Just after I put up the podcast article, talking about how we’d speculate about when Anthony Beauvillier would sign, he signs a two-year deal with the New York Islanders. Unbelievable timing as always for me and EOI!
Beauvillier is coming off a down year. Expectations were high for Beau due to his 2017-2018 stretch run. He finished with 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) but his second-half pace was 59 points over a full season.
With expectations high, Beauvillier really flopped. He played in 80 games and had just 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists). While his ice time increased, his on-ice production, unfortunately, took a step back for the Islanders.
He played a good chunk of the year with Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey but that line really didn’t flow at all. After getting bumped down to the third line, it appeared that Beau found a home with Val Filppula and Leo Komarov.
Against the Rangers in November, Beau had himself a hat-trick and it appeared it was his coming-out party. Previously, Beau had just one point in 16 games a downright awful start to the season for the 21-year-old.
It didn’t last. After a brief stint of production, he dropped right back off and ended up finishing with just 28 points. After three years in the NHL, we have no idea what Anthony Beauvillier is which is fitting for the contract he received.
Beau got himself a two-year bridge deal that will take him through his age 22 and 23 season. While the contract numbers haven’t been released yet one can assume that it’ll be under the $2 million AAV mark but slightly above what Devon Toews and Michael Dal Colle received ($700,000).
At the end of the day, this is a nice prove it deal for Tito. We don’t know if he’s a top-six player or a third-line player. The next two years will decide where he plays and what kind of future he has with the Islanders.
Update: $2.1 million AAV