With two goals and two assists in the Islanders first four games Anthony Beauvillier is on a point-per-game pace and leading the Islanders in terms of production.
The same Anthony Beauvillier that was sent down to the AHL in 2017-18 after only scoring eight points in 32 games. The same Anthony Beauvillier that started the 2018-19 season with a single point in his first16 games.
Something is different this season for Anthony Beauvillier. It could be that Beau is comfortable playing with Leo Komarov after pairing up with the veteran for the second straight year. He could be benefiting of another French-Canadian on the team in Derick Brassard. Or maybe it’s just another year with Barry Trotz.
Keep in mind, this is the first time that Beau starts the season in back-to-back years with the same coach. Jack Capuano was there to start the 2016-17 season and Doug Weight was there to start the 2017-18 season, both were gone the following year. That’s hard for a kid who’s trying to crave out his place in the NHL.
The Islanders tried Dal Colle on line two, it didn’t work. They tried Kuhnhackl on line two, it didn’t work either. I get that the Islanders third line is producing right now, why break it up?
But the Islanders haven’t left themselves with too many options. It’s either they call someone up from the AHL, made a trade, or they move players around who are already here.
The Islanders don’t have much to lose by trying out the following lines:
*Assuming Cizikas is still injured
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Look, ideally, the New York Islanders make a trade. They have the pieces to send out in order to pick up a top-six forward. But the safe assumption is that they won’t make that trade, so they have to look internally for options. And these three are the best ones I could think of.