It’s the best of Mathew Barzal for the New York Islanders during the 2019-20 season.
Since entering the league in 2017-18, the Islanders start center has constantly found new ways to impress us. Whether it’s his incredible speed, his ability to control the puck in the offensive zone, or his out of this world creativity.
So as we prepare to welcome back the NHL (hopefully) I wanted to go over the 2019-20 season that was for Mathew Barzal by bringing up three of his best plays. Three plays that showcase his undeniable skill and talent.
For this, I wanted to focus on what Barzal did on the ice and in-game.
So that means his joke about looking like Kylie Jenner after taking multiple sticks to the face against the Winnipeg Jets (without drawing a penalty) doesn’t make the cut.
It also means that his victory over Connor McDavid at this year’s fastest skater competition doesn’t make the cut for this post. If you forgot how quick Barzal was, here he is setting his incredible 13.175-second lap around the ice. Edging out McDavid’s 13.215-second lap.