Islanders: Anthony Beauvillier 2020 Season In Review

Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /

Anthony Beauvillier found his consistency in 2020 with the New York Islanders and stepped up in the playoffs as well.

Consistency. Something that’s been holding Anthony Beauvillier back over his first three years in the league with the Islanders was consistency, or the lack thereof. After a strong finish to the 2018 season, hopes were high for Beau.

He was up and down in 2018-2019 finishing with just 28 points. 2019-2020 was finally when we saw Beau figure it out, finishing with 39 points and 18 goals over 68 games for the Isles.

November was Beauvillier’s best month as the Islanders were just ripping off wins left and right. Through 13 games, Beau had 10 points and 6 goals in the month, his highest total for any month on the season.

His production dipped slightly the next two months but not to the point that we’ve seen in years gone by. He had seven points and six points in December and January before getting back to form with five goals in February.

Beau found a home on that second line playing with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey. The two vets, who both play the game the right way, make it easy for Beauvillier to model his play from them and continue to have offensive chances.

In the playoffs, Beauvillier took his game to the next level. Through the first nine games, he had six goals for the Islanders. He slowed up in the Philadelphia and Tampa series but still finished with nine goals and 14 points in 22 playoff games for the Islanders.

For his more consistent play, and clutch goal-scoring in the playoffs, Anthony Beauvillier is going to receive an A grade. There’s really not a lot more you could ask of with Beau, we finally know what he is in the NHL.

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He was on pace for 47 points and 22 goals over a full season. That’s a fine middle-six player which is definitely valuable to the Isles. He’s a $2.1 million cap hit for 2020-2021, which is great value for one more season. He’ll be a RFA at the end of the 2021 season.