Future Watch: Matthew Barzal Rookie Hockey Cards, Islanders – Selected 16th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Matthew Barzal has big-play capability. When the New York Islanders made that selection, they envisioned him being a second line pivot. He has top line ability but the Islanders have a guy at that same position who’s their franchise player. His name is John Tavares.
Barzal had been putting up big numbers with the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL. He got a quick cup of coffee with the Islanders at the beginning of the season and then he went back to junior hockey. Some wonder what a prospect can learn by going back? He got to play a prominent role in Team Canada’s silver medal run in the 2017 World Junior Championships. Barzal was elite in that tournament getting 8 points in 7 games.
The 19-year-old has 74 points in 38 games this year. He’s too young to play in the American Hockey League so this will be his last year of junior hockey. His 65 assists show he’s a supreme playmaker and the Islanders will have him in their lineup someday soon.
Matthew Barzal has officially licensed NHL rookie cards in several 2016-17 Upper Deck Hockey products. One of the most popular is his Young Guns card from Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey. Collectors looking for his Canvas version will find it in Series 1. In addition, he also has cards in these 2016-17 NHL products as well (to name a few):
Here’s a feature on the talented prospect:
The kid from British Columbia has a bright future. Collectors should already know about him. At this point, he’s just getting stronger, and rounding out his overall game. He already has blazing speed, great stick and puck skills and vision. That vision is key to his game and the Islanders know it. Fans in Seattle know it as well.
Today he’s the captain of his junior team hoping to lead them to a long playoff run. His team has clinched and he won WHL Player of the Month honors for February. What’s next? Stay tuned.
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