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Islanders: Why isn’t Mathew Barzal scoring like he used to

Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by teammate Mathew Barzal #13 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by teammate Mathew Barzal #13 (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Is Mathew Barzal destined to be a 60 point player for the New York Islanders or is there more at play as to why he hasn’t produced like his rookie season?

Mathew Barzal is the New York Islanders most important player. The 16th overall pick in 2015, is the team’s best player and face of the franchise. But what is Barzal’s ceiling?

Over the last two seasons, we haven’t seen Barzal put up the same production that saw him win the league Calder trophy as the rookie of the year in 2018.

I’ve seen people suggest that Barzal is at best a 2nd line center on a cup team. With two seasons scoring 60ish points it’s easy to see why someone might think that. Why is that? Why hasn’t Barzal hit that point-per-game pace from 2017-18?

I look at three theories to try and figure out what is going with Mathew Barzal:

  • System
  • 2017-18 was a fluke
  • His teammates
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