Among Mathew Barzal's many talents, his ability to speak near-fluent French flies a little under the radar.
It's a revelation for some (Montreal media) when Barzal lets loose en francais, but that's old news to Anthony Beauvillier, who first met a slightly less fluent Barzal at the 2012 Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp in Mississauga, ON.
Beauvillier appreciated Barzal's "bon matin" (good morning) and efforts to converse in french, so the Quebec native filled in his new teammates's vocabulary with words not taught in school. It's not exactly a Stepbrothers "Did we just become best friends?" moment, but it's the origin story for two Islanders who are becoming inseparable.