Islanders: Anthony Beauvillier Expectations For 2021
By Matt O'Leary
After a strong bounce-back year in 2020 fr Anthony Beauvillier, what can we expect him to do for the Islanders in the 2021 season?
For Anthony Beauvillier’s first three years in the league, the Islanders were trying to figure out what he was at this level. This began to get confusing after a strong end to the 2017-2018 season which saw him score 17 goals in the final 40 games of that season.
Heading into the 2018-2019 season expectations were high for Beau, but he flopped hard. He had just one point in his first 16 games of the season. That set the tone for a down Beauvillier season as he finished with just 28 points on the season.
Luckily, in his fourth year in the league, he figured it out. In 68 games for the Islanders, he finished with 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists). That’s a pace of 47 points and 22 goals for Beau.
For the first time in his career, he had over 20 assists in a season which was a vast improvement, and his ice time jumped from 14:39 up to 17:16 per night. In the playoffs, Beau played like a wild man.
He scored nine goals in 22 games for the team and his ice time climbed even more up to 18:33 per game. Consistency, which was elusive in his first three years in the league, for the most part was there in 2020.
It’s probably fair to expect Anthony Beauvillier to start the year on line two next to Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey. Both of those two guys are veterans who can play a good two-way game, that Beau can thrive with.
While Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal have flashed together at times, Barry Trotz seems deadset on keeping Beau – Nelson – Bailey together, which might not be the worst thing in the world as it was a terrific line last season.
In a 56 game season, I expect 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) from Beauvillier. In a full 82 game season that’s 22 goals and 48 points which seems about right for Beau. I don’t think he’s someone who will consistently hit 50 points at this level but I think the 28 point step back in 2018-2019 is long behind us as well.
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To me, Beau seems like a 40-49 point player, who can occasionally pop into the 50s if he’s having a particularly strong season. He’s a solid middle-six player and is likely looking at a nice pay increase after this season.