Islanders head coach Doug Weight stood at the podium to address the media after his team’s preseason win over the New Jersey Devils Monday night and gave a straightforward response on whether rookie Mathew Barzal has done enough, at this point in training camp, to earn a spot on the opening-night roster. “Yes,” Weight said. Last season, Barzal broke camp with the Islanders and played two games with the varsity before being sent back to the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey league. The Islanders' 2015 first-round pick proceeded to record 79 points, helping the Thunderbirds claim their first-ever WHL championship, and eventually earned WHL playoff MVP honors. So far this preseason, Barzal has three goals in as many games and is tied with John Tavares for the team lead in scoring. The 20-year-old continues to make a strong case to suit up for the Islanders on Oct. 6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Barzal doing everything right to make Islanders lineup
Sporting News | Sep 26