Blog: Isles Select Mathew Barzal

The New York Islanders pulled a trade that didn’t necessarily catch fans off guard, but it was what the Isles got in return that was pure magic by general manager Garth Snow. The Islanders traded 2012 4th overall pick Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this years draft.

My thoughts: Snow looked at me straight in the eyes a few weeks back and said he would not trade the farm for a quick fix. He said nothing about trading one prospect for more. Having researched the draft this year, Snow may have just set the Islanders up for the next 3-5 years. Dal Colle, Barzal, Ho-Sang, maybe Collberg all could have dramatic impacts for the future. The biggest pick for me is the 33rd. I’ve said that if the Islanders trade up, they could land players like Bracco or Sprong, players in the second round with first round talent and they still have their two third rounder’s. Anyone of those players on my list to go along with Barzal and the Islanders have a successful draft.

Speaking of Barzal, here’s a few things about him: He’s like Ice Man from Top Gun, he’s got the patience to wear you out, make mistakes and then he’ll burn you. A very good two-way forward with a lot of skill, but needs to shoot the puck more in order for him to be a complete threat. I just talked to a friend of mine about Barzal and he said “Think Matt Duchene (style).” Personally he reminds me of a smaller Brock Nelson, either way, with enough time (2-3 years) Barzal will become a legitimate threat in Brooklyn.

Name: Mathew Barzal

Position: C

Height/Weight 5’11” 181lbs

ISS: 8

Central Scouting: 11 (North America)

TSN Bob McKenzie: 9

TSN Craig Button: 15

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