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.