The National Hockey League announced today that Mathew Barzal has been selected to represent the New York Islanders at the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend. This year's festivities will take place in St. Louis, Missouri at the Enterprise Center, with the Skills Competition on Friday, Jan. 24 and the All-Star Game the following evening, Saturday, Jan. 25.
Through 37 games this season, Barzal, leads all Islanders in points (33), goals (16) and assists (17). In his last five games, the Coquitlam, BC native has six points (three goals and three assists). Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Barzal has not missed a game, playing in 201 straight games for the Islanders, scoring 180 points (56 goals and 124 assists).
This is the second All-Star appearance for Barzal, after participating in last year's festivities in San Jose, CA.
In his rookie season (2017-18), Barzal 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. 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).
The Islanders selected Barzal in the first round (16th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.