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Islanders: Mathew Barzal Reflects On All-Star Weekend

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 24: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders poses for a portrait ahead of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 24: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders poses for a portrait ahead of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Mathew Barzal was the New York Islanders lone representative at the All-Star Game. Like John Tavares before him, he’s got to get used to that role.

For the second year in a row, Mathew Barzal was the New York Islanders representative at the All-Star Game. In a popularity contest, it makes the most sense why Barzal is there representing the Islanders he’s the face of the franchise now.

Barzal, who is still just 22 years old, seems to get it when it comes to All-Star weekend and the fans. Via NHL.com:

"“It’s actually been crazy to see how many Islander fans this week are here,” Barzal said. “I love the support from the fans. Kudos to them for flying out to support the house.”"

The All-Star weekend is all about the fans, specifically the younger ones. Mitch and I discussed on the Patreon, who as we got older we kind of grew out of the All-Star Game and the fun of the weekend.

But for the young kids, it’s still a huge deal to them. Even players around the league couldn’t stop gushing about the Islanders young star.

Nathan MacKinnon, who knows a thing or two about elite forwards had this to say “I think his first year he had like 90 points and took everyone by surprise,” MacKinnon said. “What an amazing player. I think he leads the league in possession. The puck is always on his stick. I love watching him”.

Barzal will be the Islanders representative for years to come, so hopefully, he doesn’t grow tired of these games. We might even see an ASG at Belmont this decade if we’re lucky.

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