Mathew Barzal agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Islanders on Saturday. 3 x $7M.
The 23-year-old center, who was a restricted free agent, led the Islanders in scoring with 60 points (19 goals, 41 assists) in 68 games last season and scored 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Selected by New York in the first round (No. 16) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Barzal has scored 207 points (59 goals, 148 assists) in 234 regular-season games and 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 30 playoff games.
Barzal, who has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his three NHL seasons, won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2017-18 when he scored 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in 82 games. He has played in the NHL All-Star Game in each of the past two seasons.
“[Barzal] is a special guy, a special player,” Islanders captain Anders Lee said. “He’s always got something great to say and he’s always got some great play to make. He brings it every day, he’s fun to be around and he’s just someone that cares deeply about not only his game, but the guys around him. I think that’s what makes him a special person. He’s the cornerstone of our team a little bit here, so his play dictates a lot for us. He’s one of those guys that can really change the game on a dime.”