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Islanders: A deep look at left wing depth

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates during warm ups before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates during warm ups before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Anthony Beauvillier

He’s not technically signed yet, but as a restricted free agent, the chances of Anthony Beauvillier playing anywhere other than the Island next year are incredibly small. So, who is he as a player?

Beauvillier is a 24-year-old winger who’s steadily improved since joining the league. In 2018-19, he scored 28 points in 81 games (0.35 points per game). The next year, he had 39 in 68 (0.57 points per game), and this past year, he had 28 in 47 (0.60 points per game).

His advanced stats are less flattering, with a Corsi For % (CF%) hovering right around 50%. That indicates that his defense is not particularly good, which the eye test would certainly agree with.

But Beau is young and has only recently gotten any consistency in terms of linemates. He’s also seeing his power-play abilities ramp up – from 82.7% CF% in 2018-19, to 85.4% in 2019-20, to 88.5% in 2020-21. (Power play CF% numbers are always much higher – the average is somewhere between 85% and 90% depending on the team and year.)

Oh, and Beau also has 14 goals and 27 points in 41 playoff games over the past two seasons, including (probably) the final goal ever scored at Nassau Coliseum, an overtime winner in Game 6 against Tampa Bay this year.

Beauvillier is not a superstar. But he is already a good offensive forward who is showing clear improvement, and at age 24, he could easily become a very, very good player in the next few seasons.

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