Ramblings: Another Five Pointer For Barzal (Jan 14)

Ian Gooding


​Another Five Pointer For Barzal, plus more…

Mathew Barzal is once again the NHL’s leading rookie scorer, scoring at exactly a point per game (44 points in 44 games). Barzal went off on Saturday, scoring two goals and adding three assists in the Islanders’ 7-2 annihilation of the crosstown Rangers. If you think you’ve seen this before from Barzal, you are right. Barzal also scored five points (all assists) on November 5 against Colorado. I realize things can change, but right now Barzal and Brock Boeser are clearly the two leading candidates for the Calder Trophy.

Barzal’s linemates also got in on the fun. Jordan Eberle recorded four assists, which gives him his best point-per-game average (0.77) in three seasons. Yes, his fantasy value improved with a move from Edmonton to Long Island. You didn’t think you’d be saying that, did you? Unless you already knew that the Islanders were a sleeping giant in fantasy.

Barzal and Eberle are both likely owned in your league, but the third member of the line at the moment is owned in just 1 percent of Yahoo leagues. He scored two goals and added an assist and, like Barzal, was a plus-5 in this game. Anthony Beauvillier is that player, one whose fantasy value has climbed with the Andrew Ladd injury and a subsequent move to the Isles’ second line. But before you rush to the waiver wire to search for Beauvillier, here’s a quick word from the man who created this website:

That’s the reality of the salary cap world. Ladd is signed for (gasp!) five more years after this one at $5.5 million. So you better believe the Islanders will try to squeeze as much return on their investment as they can.

Another Islanders’ note: With breakout scorer Josh Bailey out of the lineup, Alan Quine has been vaulted to the top line with John Tavares and Anders Lee. Quine, however, is without a point in his last eight games and without a goal in 14 games this season. But with the Isles’ success on Saturday, I’d be surprised if Doug Weight juggles any lines for their next contest (Monday against Montreal).