Anthony Beauvillier is the New York Islanders most improved player this year. With 2 assists and game-winner on Saturday afternoon we’ve got all the proof we need.
There have been three plays in particular which have popped out over the past two games. The first was a play against the Panthers where New York Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier went to the outside for one quick step and blew past his man for a breakaway.
The second was a similar play against Buffalo in the third period. He deked past his man and went to the opposite side of the net with his backhand. The first two were smothered. But the third was a breakaway in OT which he buried in Butch’s toy department.
The play began with Beau attempting a check and falling on the boards in the Buffalo end, resulting in a 3-on-2 with Eichel at the helm. The prognosis looked bad, especially after the tough backhand Eichel had netted on a superfluous power play. (Barzal is lucky we love him.)
Brock Sets it Up
But Brock played the puck well, and as it drifted to the left wall, you could see Beauvillier streaking in, and you just knew that something special was about to happen. And it did. What a game. What a goal.
Beau has been cutting harder, forechecking better, shooting on net more, and just generally playing harder. It has been a pleasant surprise on a team which still lacks a pure scorer in the top six to compliment Lee and Barzal.
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The last two games have served as a witness. Beauvillier has 21 points through December 14, a full three months before he did so last season. It looks like the young man has finally settled into Islander hockey. Here’s hoping he can keep this up for the second half of the season.