Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Islanders Send Barzal Back to the Junior Ranks

On Wednesday morning, the New York Islanders announced that rookie forward Matthew Barzal has been returned to his junior team, the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL.

The 19-year old forward only managed to play in two regular season games with the big club and was a healthy scratch for the other 10 games.  Since he only dressed for a couple, his entry-level deal will slide for another season and he will get some more consistent playing time in the junior ranks.

The impact on the pool falls on Dale C.'s team, as he took a home run swing with Barzal, but didn't quite work out in his favour.  Barzal didn't post any points in his two games, but did pick up 6 PIM, so he wasn't completely useless to Dale.  Unfortunately, for the next four weeks, he will have no projected games and he'll be an immediate drop at the Waiver Draft, during Week Eight.  His replacement will then take effect in Week Nine.

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