The NHL isn’t at a complete standstill the way it normally is this time of year, but it’s also not busy. The Islanders, though? Radio silence.
- Ian Tulloch has already identified breakout and regression candidates, so he decided to look into 10 bounce-back candidates for this season. Mathew Barzal is no. 2 — based on his underlying numbers, he compares to Taylor Hall, Nathan MacKinnon, Artemi Panarin, and Patrick Kane, all of whom were over a point per game last season. [The Athletic]
- Barzal is getting name-dropped quite a bit in The Athletic today.