mathew barzal

Mathew Barzal was drafted 16th overall in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. He stands 6′ tall and weighs 190 pounds. He turned 21 on May 26 of this year. Mathew was born in Coquitlam, BC.

Barzal spent most of his even strength ice time with Jordan Eberle and Anthony Beauvillier last season, Andrew Ladd also saw time on his line replacing Beauvillier. He was also on the Powerplay with Josh Bailey, John Tavares and Anders Lee. Mathew finished the 2017-18 season with 22 goals and 63 assists for 85 points, which place him 14th in league scoring. Mathew had 5 goals and 22 assists on the PP. Mathew also recorded 4 game winning goals. He averaged 17:46 of time on ice per game.

All of this in only his first full season in the NHL. His stats and on ice performance were good enough to garner NHL rookie of the year honors. He finished 20 points ahead of Clayton Keller who was the next closest behind him.

Mathew also recorded three, five point games. That hasn’t been done since Joe Malone accomplished the feat back in 1917. When asked about his performances in those three games Mathew had this to say;

“They’re all a little different,” he explained. “I had some lucky bounces against Colorado. My first two periods against Detroit were probably my worst of the year. The Rangers game is my favorite, just because it was at MSG against a rival. I’m just happy we won all of those games.”

 

When asked which arena’s he likes most in the NHL Mathew replied;

“I really liked the whole set-up and feel of the rink in Minnesota,” Barzal explained. “In Chicago, it was the anthem. The whole building was shaking with the fans making noise. I was thinking, ‘What is going on right now?’ But Vegas was the best. It was nuts. It wasn’t even just the city; it felt like a club in the venue of the game (T-Mobile Arena). That was a fun game to play in.”

 

Fast forward to 2018-19. Mathew Barzal is now playing on a line with Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey. Mathew has 1 goal and six assists to start the season in 7 games. Last year he recorded 1.05 points per game so he is right on pace for another 80 points plus season.

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connor hellebuyck

Connor Hellebuyck was drafted in the 5th round, 130 overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets. He is now 25 years old. Connor stands 6’4″tall and weighs around 207 pounds.Wears the catching glove on the left hand.

Who is this guy? Where the hell did he come from? Those were words I was saying to myself half way through the 2017-18 season. I couldn’t believe the season he was having. I remember hearing about him the previous season but didn’t pay much attention to him. Half way into January of 2018 Connor Hellebuyck had a win loss record of 23-6-6. His save percentage was .922 and he posted a 2.40 GAA. I saw those numbers and said to myself, I must be mistaken somehow, how could I have missed this guy? He must have been drafted in the first round and I just don’t remember.

Nope! He was drafted in the fifth round. Think about it this way. Approximately 12 percent of NHL draft picks, picked in the 3rd round and beyond make it to the NHL. That value would be about 9 percent of 5th round draft picks actually play in the league. Those odds are even lower for goaltenders. Goaltenders are like pitchers in baseball, they seem to grow on trees but not many make it.

So what exactly is the value of a fifth round pick? Rather than re-invent the wheel I will send you to a page that is well done. You can visit that page here.

So, back to Connor Hellebuyck. He finished the 2017-18 season the same way he started it. Connor finished with a win loss record of 44-11-9. Posted a solid save percentage of .924 and a GAA of 2.36.

The 44 wins were enough to set and pass Tom Barrasso for most wins in the NHL by an American born goaltender. Lets not forget one more important fact about Connor Hellebuyck. Last year was his first season as a number one goaltender. For a fifth round draft pick that is truly incredible.

The Winnipeg Jets were so impressed by Hellebuyck that the two sides agreed on a new contract extension. July 12, 2018 Hellebuyck signed a six year deal worth 37 million. The Cap hit will be $6.167 AAV.

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austin matthews

Austin Matthews was drafted 1st overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Austin was born in September of 1997 and is currently 21 years old. He stands 6’3″and tips the scales at 220 pounds.

Austin is currently ripping up the NHL. He has 14 points in his first 6 games of the 2018-19 season including 10 goals. He is playing on a line with Kasperi Kapanen and Patrick Marleau. Of the 14 points he has 5 have come on the powerplay. Kapanen has six points thus far and Marleau has four. Matthews plays 18:35 minutes a game with 2:23 of that being on the PP.

There has been a lot of hoopla going on over the hot start of the Leafs and Matthews. I would like to point out that 5 of his six games have come against teams that missed the playoffs last year. His shooting percentage is currently 50 percent. His first year in the league he had a shooting percentage of 14.3% and his second year in the league he increased that to 18.2 percent. To think that he can sustain a 50% shooting percentage would be insane. He is going to regress in that regard.

There are people on twitter that are saying he is better than Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky. For example Ray Ferraro of TSN recently tweeted out the following.

To be clear … McDavid is 1, Matthews 1a or 1b .. however it’s supposed to be stated. That’s my opinion

It may be Ray’s opinion but it isn’t any where near accurate. McDavid has 2 Art Ross Trophy’s under his belt and a Hart Trophy. McDavid has also won the Ted Lindsay Trophy twice. McDavid has scored over a 100 points twice. Matthews highest scoring season was 69 points two years ago. McDavid is only 22 years old. Matthews has no NHL Trophy’s to his name. You want a direct comparison? McDavid has scored at a rate of 1.229 points per game since coming into the NHL, Matthews is at 0.960 and that includes his tear to start this season. There it is. IF Matthews was a “1A” he should at least be above a point per game but he isn’t. Don’t even get me started about some media comments that he is better than Gretzky. When Matthews scores 92 goals and 215 points in a season let me know. There is no way he can sustain his current pace, it just isn’t feasible.

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