Barzal's point streak was snapped at four games Wednesday, as he went minus-2 and failed to factor into the Islanders' lone goal in a 4-1 road loss to the Ducks. So, Barzal is human after all. It seems like the B.C. native has been doing his part to assuage concerns from the Islanders fanbase following the offseason departure of superstar John Tavares, who of course now belongs to the Maple Leafs. Barzal has one goal and four helpers -- three on the power play -- through his first five games of the 2018-19 campaign, though the prolific pivot could afford to shoot more, as he's recorded just six shots in that span.
Barzal notched an assist in Monday's 4-0 win over the Sharks. Barzal now has one goal and three assists over the first three games as the Islanders' No. 1 center. There were worries about how he'd adjust to facing opponents' top defensemen without John Tavares around, but the 21-year-old doesn't look fazed.
Barzal had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Predators. Barzal has already put up three points (one goal, two assists) in two games so far. He might not replicate his 88-point rookie season, but he won't fall too far off. And the sky is the limit for the future. Barzal is a stud.
Barzal won the Calder Trophy on Wednesday, awarded to the top rookie, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Barzal reportedly dominated the ballot boxes, garnering 160 of the 164 first-place votes. The 21-year-old forward totaled an impressive 85 points -- 22 goals and 63 assists -- over 82 games during 2017-18, the only rookie to top a point per game this season. With John Tavares in talks to rejoin the fold next year, Barzal should have the talent surrounding him to avoid a sophomore slump.
Barzal recorded two assists -- one on the power play -- during Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Red Wings. The rookie is the Calder Trophy favorite after recording 22 goals, 63 assists and 20 multi-point showings this year. It's been an impressive debut for Brazal, but his fantasy outlook could take a potential hit if John Tavares doesn't return to the Islanders. The 21-year-old center would quickly climb into a top-line role and have to face the opposition's top defenders night in, night out -- just something to keep in mind heading into the offseason.
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