Islanders hope Anthony Beauvillier reaches ‘another level’ after healthy ‘wake-up’ – The Athletic

It’s the kind of goal that has the potential to propel the goalscorer’s career into high gear.

When Anthony Beauvillier stole a pass from Blake Coleman and passed him Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 6 of their Stanley Cup semi-final game against Tampa Bay last June, not only was it one of the most big goals in recent Islanders franchise history, but he provided more proof that the 2015 first-round pick was on his way to becoming an established and productive NHL forward.

Well, that hasn’t quite happened yet. Instead, Beauvillier’s slow start to the 2021-22 season hit a low on December 11, when he served a healthy zero against New Jersey. The Quebec native collected just seven points (three goals, four assists) in his first 21 games, which allowed him to retire.

It’s unclear if he would have sat for more games after that, as Mathew Barzal found himself on the COVID-19 protocol list three nights later in Detroit resulted in Beauvillier’s clash against the Red Wings. Either way, this one-game absence seemed to give his game a boost. Beauvillier was “more visible than he had been for some time” in the 2-1 loss. Islanders in Detroit, by coach

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