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Evaluating the Islanders September 1st signings one year later

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Anthony Beauvillier – 3 years, $4.15 million AAV

The curious case of Beauvillier continued last season. After another productive post-season, we spent another off-season expecting a breakout year for the speedy 2015 first-round pick. Instead, Beauvillier registered his lowest goal total since his rookie season, scoring just 12 goals in 77 games after tallying 15 in just 47 games in 2021-22.

"Definitely disappointing, I feel like I kind of let my teammates down a little bit, Beauvillier said after the season. "I’m capable of doing much better things on the ice. I know that, and I think everyone knows that."

2021-22 Season: 12 G, 22 A in 75 GP

The Islanders have seen the type of player Beauvillier can be on multiple occasions for prolonged stretches. He scored five goals and added 8 assists for 13 points in 19 playoff games in 2021. The prior summer in the bubble, Beauvillier tallied nine goals and 14 points in 22 games.

The 3-year extension and $4.15 AAV was the organization paying for a player they expect to play as a Top-6 forward throughout a full regular season. The skillset is there and the reason why he was viewed as one of the few Islanders with attractive trade value to opposing teams. Under new head coach Lane Lambert , Beauvillier is getting a mini fresh-start with breaking the 40-point control a must for the organization and fans to believe he is deserving consistent time on the top two lines.

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