Islanders Sign Mathew Barzal to an 8-Year Contract
Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders have agreed to an eight-year contract worth $9.15 million AAV, according to a report from the team.
Barzal has spent his entire career with the Islanders since being drafted in 2015 and will now be staying on Long Island for the foreseeable future.
The 25-year-old center has been a stud for the Islanders records 91 goals and 220 assists in 362 regular season games. In the 2021-22 season, Barzal finished with 59 points despite a career-low 15 goals. His 59 points still led the Islanders, making it the fifth straight season that Barzal has been the team’s leading point-getter.
The hype surrounding Barzal has been there since the 2015 NHL Draft when he was selected 16th overall. In his rookie season, Barzal won the Calder Memorial Trophy after leading all rookies in points with 85.
Barzal has only stepped up his game with incredible speed that saw him win the fastest skater competition during the All-Star weekend in 2020. That was the second of his two straight All-Star game appearances.
Since losing John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018, Barzal has become a team leader and the best player on the Islanders.
The Islanders have playoff aspirations after an injury-plagued season last year, and Barzal has shown that he can step up on the brightest stage having scored 38 points on 13 goals and 25 assists in 49 career playoff games.
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