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New York Islanders Three Goals for Mathew Barzal In 2019-20

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 18: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on December 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 01: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 01: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals during their game at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 01, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Be Effective on the Power Play

The New York Islanders power play was abysmally bad last season. With a 14.5 percent efficiency, they were ranked 29th in the entire NHL. Going into 2019-20 that has to change. Thankfully, the Islanders hired former Toronto Maple Leafs power play coach Jim Hiller.

(Former power play coach Scott Gomez left the team by mutual consent.)

Getting a new coach is a step in the right direction. ONe who averaged a 20% power play efficiency with the Maple Leafs is even better. But the players on the ice still have to execute the plan. Players like Mathew Barzal.

Last season Barzal scored 18 points on the power play. That’s still a good return. But it’s down from the 27 he put up in his rookie season. That has to get better next season.

Of course, he’s not the only one that needs to get better on the power play. Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey scored two goals on the power play last season. They have to get better as well.

But for Barzal it’s a bit different. He’s the team’s focal point offensively. He has to maximize his effectiveness on the power play. His work down low on the half wall needs to be better, more decisive and just generally more dangerous. That starts this season.

How does he do that? He’s got to show teams he’s willing to shoot. He’s got to be a shooting danger rather than that predictable pass-first guy.

Goal: 25 points on the power play.

That’s not unreasonable. I’m talking about adding another seven points on the power play.

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