My Top 5 | Mat Barzal

Here are a handful of cool facts about the Islanders' talented young forward. And as you’ll see, five is a perfect number to note when you talk Barzal.

We all know what the New York Islanders' lucky No. 13 is capable of whenever he takes to the ice.

As the New York Islanders look to keep their Stanley Cup hopes rolling, Barzal is playing a big role in their impressive run.

After four playoff games through a sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Isles' first-round series, the 21-year-old centre has posted five assists.

Here are a handful of cool facts about the Islanders' talented young forward. And as you’ll see, five is a perfect number to note when you talk Barzal.

Five Fast Facts on Barzal 


1. Sid the Kid fan

“A big guy growing up for me was Sidney Crosby. I loved his down-low play and his determination. He’s just a warrior.”

2. Shout out for mom and dad

“My mom and dad are the only reason that I’m here in the NHL. They’ve dedicated the last 15 years of their lives to making me the player that I am. Their whole lives have been hockey, too. I could never pay them back for all the hours they put into me. I’m just glad I can repay them in a way where they can be happy watching me succeed.”

3. High five!  

Barzal became the first Islanders rookie to record five assists in one game in a 6-4 home win against the Colorado Avalanche on November 5, 2017.

4. Bird is the word   

During his days with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Barzal was a two-time WHL Western Conference All-Star and was the 2016-17 WHL Western Conference Player of the Year. He is first in Thunderbirds history in career playoff points with 17 goals and 48 assists for 65 points in 49 games. He was the WHL Playoff MVP when Seattle won the 2017 WHL Championship.

5. Can’t pass it up

In 2017-18, the British Columbia native became the first rookie in NHL history to record a pair of five-assist efforts in the same campaign, and was the first rookie in 100 years to net his third five-point game in a season.