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Mathew Barzal
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Born May 26 1997 (1997-05-26) (age 22),
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team New York Islanders
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 who currently plays for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Barzal was drafted (16th overall) in the first round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

Barzal was drafted first overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds.[1] In his first season with the team, in 2013-14, he appeared in 59 regular season games, scoring 14 goals and 40 assists. In the 2014-15 season, he played in 44 games, scoring 57 points with 12 goals and 45 assists. Barzal's final ranking by NHL Central Scouting for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft was 11th.[2]

At the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Barzal was selected in the first round, 16th overall by the New York Islanders.[3] Barzal played for the Thunderbirds for the 2015-16 season and played in 58 games, adding 27 goals and 61 assists for a career high 88 points with the team.

In his final season with Seattle, in 2016-17, he played in 41 games, scoring 10 goals and 69 assists. The Thunderbirds earned a berth in the playoffs and won the Ed Chynoweth Cup as the league's champions. Barzal scored 7 goals and 18 assits for 25 points in 16 playoff games and was named WHL Playoff MVP.[4]

New York IslandersEdit

On September 10th, 2015 Barzal signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders.[5] He made his NHL debut on October 15, 2016 and played 2 games before he returned to the Thunderbirds for the remainder of the 2016-17 WHL season.

Barzal played his first full season for the Islanders in 2017-18. He scored his first point on October 15, 2017, earning an assist on a goal from teammate Josh Bailey. The following game Barzal scored his first NHL goal in a game against the New York Rangers.

On October 26, 2017 he had his first multi-point game as a rookie, adding a goal and an assist in a 6-4 loss against the Minnesota Wild. On November 5 in a 6-4 Islanders' win over the Colorado Avalanche Barzal set a franchise record for assists by a rookie in a game with 5 and also tied New York's franchise record for points by a rookie in one game.[6]

On December 23, in a 5-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets, Barzal recorded his first career hat trick. He became only the fifth player in NHL history to record two 5-point games in his rookie season before he turned 21 years old.[7] On February 9, Barzal made more history as he became the first rookie to record three 5-point games in his rookie campaign since Joe Malone did in the 1917-18 season. The Islanders' won the game 7-6 in a comeback win against the Detroit Red Wings.[8]

International playEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 2014

Barzal represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships and helped the team earn a bronze medal. Barzal was invited to the selection camp for Canada’s Under-18 Team in the summer prior to the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[9] He played 7 games in the tournament and added 2 goals and 5 assists, helping Canada win a gold medal at the tournament. Barzal also participated in the 2017 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, playing in 7 games and scoring 8 points, leading Canada to a silver medal.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    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
NHL totals 2 0 0 0 6


InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Canada IH18 Gold medal icon 5 2 5 7 0
2014 Canada WJC18 Bronze medal icon 7 3 1 4 6
2015 Canada WJC18 Bronze medal icon 7 3 9 12 0
2016 Canada WJC 6th 5 2 1 3 0
2017 Canada WJC Silver medal icon 7 3 5 8 4
Junior totals 31 13 21 33 10

Awards and honoursEdit

Honours Year
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament gold medal 2014
IIHF World U18 Championship bronze medal 2014 [10]
IIHF World Junior Championship silver medal 2017 [11]
NHL
Rookie of the Month January 2018 [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Thunderbirds sign Mathew Barzal, 1st overall choice. Yahoo! Sports (2013-05-01). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  2. NHL Central Scouting's 2015 final rankings. NHL.com (2015-04-05). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  3. 2015 NHL Draft: Islanders pick Mathew Barzal of Seattle at 16. lighthousehockey.com (2015-06-26). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  4. Barzal Wins WHL Title, Playoff MVP. New York Islanders (2017-05-15). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  5. Mathew Barzal signs with Islanders. ESPN (2015-09-10). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  6. Best of NHL: Islanders' Mathew Barzal with franchise-rookie record 5 assists. NBC Sports (2017-11-05). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  7. Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal makes some history with another 5-point game (2018-01-13). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  8. Barzal has 5 assists in Isles' wild comeback win (2018-02-09). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  9. Barzal and Bear named to Hockey Canada U18 selection camp. Seattle Thunderbirds (2014-05-04). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  10. Canada wins bronze at 2014 World U18's. Canadian Hockey League (2014-08-17). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.
  11. "USA wins World Junior gold in shootout thriller over Canada". 
  12. Barzal named NHL Rookie of Month for January. National Hockey League (2018-02-02). Retrieved on 2018-03-31.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Josh Ho-Sang
New York Islanders first round pick
2015
Succeeded by
Anthony Beauvillier
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