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Who could lead the Islanders in goals in 2022-23?

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Anthony Beauvillier
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Anthony Beauvillier

This guy may need a bounce-back season the most out of any forward on the New York Islanders this upcoming season.

Beauvillier is a very streaky player for the Islanders, that is no secret. When he's hot, he's red hot, but when he's cold, he's ice cold.

This past season was not what anyone expected from him, however. He only ended up with 12 goals on the season, to go with 34 points in 75 games. To put that into perspective, in the shortened 2020-21 season, he had 28 points in 47 games. He was even a healthy scratch at one point early in the season because of his poor play.

A word that everyone throws around a lot is potential, and it is there with Beauvillier. He has yet to crack the 40-point mark in general, which is very disappointing, but there's always a reason to believe that he will break through that sooner rather than later. Lou even said he wants his younger players to get more action this coming season, so he sees it as much as we do.

What we do know is he may have the best chemistry with Barzal out of anyone on the roster, which alone can set him up for success. He has produced on a line next to his best friend in the past, and I'd say his only chance of leading the team in goals would be next to him.

Even though Beauvillier's numbers weren't very satisfactory, he had his best power-play statistics this past season with 5 goals and 6 assists. Those numbers won't blow you away, but at least everyone who watches Beau knows that he needs to be a little more selfish and shoot more. Just like we said with Anders Lee, at least the coaching staff knows that he will have chemistry with the team's best playmaker in Barzal, so if he gets a shot on the first line this season, he should hopefully produce.

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