If there’s one hole up top for the New York Islanders, it’s on the left side of Mathew Barzal. Anthony Beauvillier just hasn’t done enough to warrant a spot next to Barzal. So what should the Islanders do?
It is now the second time this season that the New York Islanders have had to ask questions about Anthony Beauvillier. The first time came after he registered just a single point in his opening 16 games. He’d respond by scoring four points in game number 17 against the New York Rangers.
From games 17 to 33 things looked good for Beauvillier. Along with those four points against the Rangers, he’d add another eight points for 12 points in 16 games.
But over his last 16 games, Beauvillier has six points. Through 49 games this season he’s scored 19 points (12 goals and seven assists). That puts him on pace for 32 points this season. It’s not what we expected after tear he went on in the second half of 2017-18.
Against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, Beauvillier had a number of opportunities that he just couldn’t convert on. At one point Barzal decided, rather than pass it to an open Beauvillier, he’d try and create and finish on his own. That can’t happen. Barzal needs to have faith his linemates can finish a play.
Now the New York Islanders needs to figure out what they should do with their former first-round pick in 2015.
The Islanders have three options for Beauvillier. I’ll present all three as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly from all three scenarios.
The New York Islanders cannot continue to play Anthony Beauvillier next to Mathew Barzal. Something needs to be done. They’ll have to pick one of these three options.