10/04/2022 at 12:34pm EDT
The New York Islanders announced today that Mathew Barzal has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract.
Barzal, 25, recorded 59 points (15 goals, 44 assists) in 73 games in 2021-22 during his fifth NHL season with the Islanders. He tied for the team scoring lead, marking his fifth straight season atop the Islanders leaderboard in points.
In 362 career regular season games with the Islanders, Barzal has 311 points (91 goals, 220 assists). He ranks 23rd on the Islanders all-time points list. The Coquitlam, BC, native has 38 career playoff points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 49 postseason games. Barzal represented the Islanders at two NHL All Star games (2019 and 2020) and won the fastest skater competition in 2020 in St. Louis (13.175 time).
The Islanders selected Barzal in the first round (16th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. In his rookie season (2017-18), Barzal led all NHL rookies in scoring and became the fifth Islander to win the award the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to "the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League." Barzal also joined former Islanders Hall of Fame member, Denis Potvin as the only rookies in franchise history to lead the team in both assists (63) and points (85). Barzal's 85 points were the third most of any Islanders rookie behind Bryan Trottier (95 points in 1975-76) and Mike Bossy (91 points in 1977-78).
Barzal played junior hockey with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He capped his WHL career with a WHL Championship in 2016-17. On the international stage, Barzal represented Canada at the 2022 and 2018 World Championships, the 2016 and 2017 World Junior Championships and the 2014 and 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championships.