Mathew Barzal Profile
A native of Coquitlam, BC, Barzal tallied 57 points (12 g, 45 a) in 44 games this past season with the @SeattleTBirds. #Isles #NHLDraft— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 27, 2015
The newest member of the #Isles organization sits down with @SiriusXMNHL after being selected 16th overall. pic.twitter.com/GSBWU6yr9Q— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 27, 2015
Mynorthwest.com: Has a full interview with Mathew Barzal where the Islanders never spoke to him at the combine or prior to drafting him.
Frankly I'm very disappointed.
4th overall pick for a 16th/33rd. Big tough defenders with Reinhart's resume very tough to acquire, and impossible at his age. You want to put Reinhart, Hamonic, and Boychuk together and hammer away at teams, and anyone who saw Reinhart in the Memorial Cup saw a leader.
It took a horrible season and a lot of losing to get that #4 pick, now he's gone after one year in the organization? No.
Perhaps it was made clear he needs more time in the AHL, and Reinhart/agent felt it's NHL or a trade so management accommodated him, who knows?
Sure it's a deep draft, but if you are playing to take the next step now, and Reinhart brings a veteran who dramatically improves the team who's signed for years you make that trade if the plan is to move him.
Edmonton did not give back Eberle (or one of their young scorers) who could have helped Tavares next season, and you can bet #91 is getting tired of wingers who are not first line players. (Conacher, Kulemin)
If you move Reinhart this fast, and take that gamble, you have to address that need.
They needed a restocking of forward prospects, after Dal Colle/Ho-Sang there was no franchise prospects up front. (especially in Bridgeport)