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Islanders Mathew Barzal wins fastest skater competition

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 24: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders competes in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater during the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 24: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders competes in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater during the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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No one gave New York Islanders Mathew Barzal, or anyone else, to beat Edmonton Oilers Conor McDavid at the Skills Competition’s fastest skater; but he did.

The $30,000 prize was as good as Connor McDavid‘s for the NHL’s fastest skater event. New York Islanders Mathew Barzal didn’t stand a chance at beating McDavid. No one was given a chance, they were just playing for second place.

To be fair McDavid has won the competition three years running. No one has been able to beat the Oilers generational talent. And typically, he’s won the event by a comfortable margin.

In 2017, McDavid won the event by 0.300 of a second over Vincent Trocheck. In 2018, he beat Brayden Point by 0.125 of a second. Last year, McDavid won by 0.204 of a second over Jack Eichel.

Enter Mathew Barzal.

Barzal Did It

Barzal was 0.402 of a second behind McDavid last season. Coming into the contest this year there was no indication that Barzal could de-thrown McDavid.

But with a 13.175 lap, Batzal edged Connor McDavid by the finest of margins. He beat out McDavid by 0.040 of a second.

Barzal picked up most of his speed through the turn. Typically players stop pumping their legs in the turns. Especially after Miro Heiskanen fell in 2019. But Barzal just kept cutting. They showed him hitting up to 40 Km/h in the turn. That’s 24.86 mph for American’s.

Mathew Barzal: 13.175

Conor McDavid: 13.215

Chris Kreider: 13.509

Jack Eichel: 13.540

Nathan MacKinnon: 13.895

Anthony Duclair: 14.005

Travis Konecny: 14.113

Quinn Hughes: 14.263

Watching Barzal take his lap you knew he was going to post a good time and 13.175 certainly was but you knew that McDavid would post a good time himself. So would Barzal’s run be enough? Barzal’s 13.175-second run was better than McDavid posted in 2019 (13.378) so it was a good start.

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McDavid’s run looked incredible. The way he carries speed in the corner and how low he gets to stay in control is incredible. But it wasn’t enough. And so there was a new fastest skater, and he’s a New York Islander.

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