Mathew Barzal

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Mathew Barzal
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Barzal with the Islanders in 2018
Born (1997-05-26) May 26, 1997 (age 22)
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team New York Islanders
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 16th overall, 2015
New York Islanders
Playing career 2016–present

Mathew Barzal (born May 26, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Barzal was selected by the Islanders in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2017–18, becoming the fifth Islanders' player to win the award.

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Barzal played in the 2010 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with his youth team from Burnaby.[1] He was selected first overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.[2] In his rookie season with the Thunderbirds in the 2013–14 season, Barzal scored 14 goals and 40 assists for 54 points.[3] He was ranked seventh in the NHL's midterm rankings ahead of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.[4][5]

New York Islanders[edit]

Barzal with the Seattle Thunderbirds in 2015

Barzal was selected 16th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. On September 10, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders.[6]

On October 15, 2016, Barzal made his NHL debut.[7] He returned to the Thunderbirds and won the 2017 WHL championship as Barzal was named WHL Playoff MVP after registering 25 points (7 goals and 18 assists) in 16 games.[8]

Barzal's first NHL point came on October 15, 2017, against the Los Angeles Kings when he assisted on a goal by Josh Bailey. Barzal's first NHL goal came on October 19 against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.[9]

Barzal's first multi-point NHL game came on October 26, 2017, when he had a goal and an assist playing against the Minnesota Wild. The goal, the second of his career, came in the waning seconds of the Islanders' 6–4 loss. Barzal's first NHL power play goal (and also his first NHL goal at home) came on October 30 against the Vegas Golden Knights. Barzal set a franchise record for assists by a rookie when he recorded five assists on November 5 in a 6–4 Islanders win over the Colorado Avalanche.[10] This also tied the franchise record for points in a game by a rookie.[10]

Barzal's first multi-goal game and his first hat-trick came on December 23, 2017, against the Winnipeg Jets in a 5–2 Islanders win.[11] On January 13, 2018, in a 7–2 win over the Rangers, he became just the fifth player in NHL history to have two five-point games in a season before his 21st birthday.[12][13] On February 9, 2018, in a 7–6 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, Barzal became the first NHL rookie to record three five-point games in a season since Joe Malone did so in the 1917–18 season.[14][15] On April 7, Barzal tied the Islanders record (held by Bryan Trottier) for most assists by a rookie with 63.[16] On April 22, Barzal was named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the best rookie in the NHL.[17] On June 20, he won the award.[18]

Following the departure of John Tavares during the 2018 off-season, Barzal began the 2018–19 season centering the Islanders' top line with Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey.[19] On December 29, Barzal scored a natural hat-trick in a 4–0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, becoming the first Islanders player to score a hat-trick against the Maple Leafs since Mike Bossy on March 20, 1986.[20] On January 3, 2019, Barzal was named to the 2019 NHL All-Star Game. [21] Barzal finished the season with 62 points (18 goals and 44 assists), leading the Islanders in both points and assists.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Men's ice hockey
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2014 Czech Republic
IIHF World U18 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Finland
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Switzerland
IIHF World U20 Championship
Silver medal – second place 2017 Canada

Barzal helped Canada capture the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships,[22] and won gold at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[23] Barzal was again named to the Canada roster the following year to compete at the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship, where he again won bronze.[24]

Barzal was selected as an alternate captain for Canada at the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[25] He helped guide Canada to a silver medal and was one of the top ten scorers in the tournament.[26]

On April 12, 2018, Barzal was named to Canada's senior team to compete at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Barzal speaks fluent French, having taken French immersion in school, and as a result, he has a very close friendship with Islanders teammate Anthony Beauvillier, whom he met when the two played for Canada at the 2015 World U18 Championship.[28][29]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2012–13 Coquitlam Express BCHL 6 0 2 2 6
2013–14 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 59 14 40 54 20 9 1 5 6 4
2014–15 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 44 12 45 57 20 6 4 4 8 4
2015–16 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 58 27 61 88 58 18 5 21 26 16
2016–17 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 41 10 69 79 20 16 7 18 25 16
2016–17 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 0 0 6
2017–18 New York Islanders NHL 82 22 63 85 30
2018–19 New York Islanders NHL 82 18 44 62 46 8 2 5 7 8
NHL totals 166 40 107 147 82 8 2 5 7 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada IH18 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 2 5 7 0
2014 Canada WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 1 4 6
2015 Canada WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3 9 12 0
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 2 1 3 0
2017 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 3 5 8 4
Junior totals 31 13 21 33 10

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Minor
Brick Super Novice Tournament Top Scorer 2007
BC Hockey Player of the Year 2013
BCMML Most Points 2013
BCMML All-Star Team 2013
WHL West First All-Star Team 2016, 2017
WHL Playoff MVP 2017
NHL
Rookie of the Month, January 2018 [30]
Calder Memorial Trophy 2018 [18]
The Hockey News, Teemu Selanne Award (Best Rookie) 2018
NHL All-Star 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Thunderbirds sign Mathew Barzal, 1st overall choice". Yahoo! Sports. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Thunderbirds get long awaited commitment from Mathew Barzal". mynorthwest.com. May 19, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Barzal living up to billing as top 2 pick for 2015 draft". hockeynow.ca. January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 draft an early look at the top 10". thehockeywriters.com. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "Barzal agrees to entry-level contract". New York Islanders. September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Winnik scores twice as Caps beat Isles in home opener". ESPN.com. October 15, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Thunderbirds claim WHL Championship for first time in franchise's 40-year history". Western Hockey League. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Hornick, Erik (October 20, 2017). "The Skinny: Islanders 4, Rangers 3 SO". NHL.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  10. ^ a b The Associated Press (November 5, 2017). "Best of NHL: Islanders' Mathew Barzal with franchise-rookie record 5 assists". nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Compton, Brian (December 23, 2017). "Barzal hat trick powers Islanders past Jets". NHL.com. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Perreault, Christophe (January 15, 2018). "RM - Barzal et les Flames ont eu une meilleure fin de semaine que Cogliano". WebSports (in French). Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  13. ^ Gretz, Adam (January 13, 2018). "Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal makes some history with another 5-point game". nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Wright, Cory (February 9, 2018). "6 Takeaways: Islanders 7, Red Wings 6 OT". NHL.com. New York Islanders. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "Barzal has 5 assists in Isles' wild comeback win". TSN.com. New York. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  16. ^ Hogg, Dave (April 7, 2018). "Islanders rally past Red Wings". NHL.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018. Barzal's assist was his second of the night and 63rd of the season, tying Bryan Trottier for the Islanders rookie record.
  17. ^ "Calder Trophy finalists unveiled". NHL.com. April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Mathew Barzal wins Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL's top rookie". Sportsnet.ca. June 20, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  19. ^ Hazen, Spencer (October 4, 2018). "Islanders Set Roster for Opening Night". thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  20. ^ McCarthy, Dave (December 29, 2018). "Barzal hat trick helps Islanders defeat Tavares, Maple Leafs". NHL.com. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.nhl.com/islanders/news/barzal-selected-to-nhl-all-star-weekend/c-303483378
  22. ^ "Canada wins Bronze at 2014 World U18". chl.ca. April 27, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  23. ^ "Canada wins Gold at 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup". chl.ca. August 16, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  24. ^ "Canada names roster for U-18 world championship". sportsnet.ca. Calgary. April 15, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  25. ^ "DYLAN STROME, MATHEW BARZAL, THOMAS CHABOT SELECTED TO LEAD TEAM CANADA AT 2017 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP". hockeycanada.ca. December 19, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  26. ^ "WJC 2017: Finals, Team Canada earns silver medal in shootout loss". theqmjhl.ca. January 6, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  27. ^ "HOCKEY CANADA NAMES FIRST 18 PLAYERS TO 2018 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER". hockeycanada.ca. April 12, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  28. ^ "Isles Road Blog: Montreal". NHL.com. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  29. ^ "Beauvillier, Barzal hoping to make impact with Isles". Newsday. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  30. ^ "Barzal named NHL Rookie of Month for January". NHL.com. National Hockey League. February 2, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Josh Ho-Sang
New York Islanders first round pick
2015
Succeeded by
Anthony Beauvillier
Preceded by
Auston Matthews
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2018
Succeeded by
Elias Pettersson