On June 23rd, 2021, Anthony Beauvillier was on cloud nine. He had just scored the game-winning overtime goal in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Semifinals to keep the Islanders’ season alive. It’s a moment that no NY Islanders fan will ever forget. Since then, though, things have gone downhill pretty fast for Beauvillier.
Isles’ Anthony Beauvillier continues to struggle to provide offensively
The 2021-22 was a rough year for almost everyone that wore an Islanders uniform. After back-to-back seasons in which the Isles came oh so close to reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, New York failed to reach the postseason. This created a lot of question marks around what the roster would look like moving forward.
Most of the speculation surrounding the Islanders this past offseason was the idea that they would try to get younger. That kept Beauvillier’s spot on Long Island safe, with the expectation that the 25-year-old would take a step forward with his offensive production. Beauvillier this season has done the opposite.
Beauvillier this season has just seven points (three goals and four assists). For most of the season so far, he has been matched on a line with Brock Nelson who has been thriving while also serving as a member of the Islanders’ second power-play unit, which makes you think that it would be even less likely for him to seem nonexistent.
It has been a great start for the Islanders as a whole so far in 2022-23, as the team finds itself four games above .500 through the first 18 contests, with some wins over top teams in the league to help prove that they are for real. If the Islanders are 11-7-0 without much help from Beauvillier, just imagine New York’s positioning if the winger had more than just seven points.
We still haven’t reached the quarter mark of the season yet so there is still plenty of time for Anthony Beauvillier to turn things around and become a contributor. With that being said, Beau is making $4.15 million this year and again next year so if he fails to figure it out, GM Lou Lamoriello might have to consider moving on from someone who was once such a fan favorite.