New York Islanders Anthony Beauvillier is Back
By Mike Lewis
As New York Islanders fans on twitter were asserting on Sunday night, Anthony Beauvillier is on pace to score 41 goals and make 82 points this year. While unlikely to keep that pace, the fast start is a welcome sight for Beau and the Isles.
Through two games, Anthony Beauvillier is flying on the ice for the New York Islanders and playing tough on the rebounds. Surely, some of this has to do with his continued pairing with perennial scrapper, Leo Komorav.
Additionally, Derick Brassard’s play seems to draw a comparison to Val Filppula’s play last season, experienced and solid. While both Brassard and Filppula last year are no longer the players they once were, they still play (and played) an important role with the Islanders.
But Tito has the chance to be electric. It’s safe to say that most Islanders fans forgot this last year, as he seemed bogged down in a mire of underachieving. It appeared at times that he was listless in Trotz’s defense-first system, and his numbers certainly supported that assertion.
His goals and assists totals were both down significantly from his promising second half of the 2017-2018 season. After finishing with 36 points, 28 of which came in the final 40 games, he took a step back last year finishing with only 28.
His moves have the ability to be dynamic, which is a good thing on a team that lacks that kind of potential in a lot of areas. Short of Barzal, and Brock Nelson, the Islanders don’t have much in the way of electric playmakers.
Anders Lee, who can score, is more of a bruiser, Bailey has his moments but is more of a stable presence, Eberle is more of a sniper. When you think about this, it’s not hard at all to comprehend the Islanders scoring woes. They lack the talent in some key areas.
But, if Beauvillier can get it going, which seems to be on the horizon, then the Isles have two playmakers. If Dal Colle can make strides this year, like Barry Trotz expects, that would make three playmakers.
The Series with the Carolina Hurricanes really exposed the make or break New York Islanders at the end of last season. Let’s hope this fast start by Beau is a sign of more offensive things to come!
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Through two games, Anthony Beauvillier has a goal and two assists. Beauvillier at his full potential would be exactly what the doctor ordered.