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Barzal dangles and dishes in Seattle's 4-0 win over Saskatoon

Ooooing and ahhhing and swishing and dishing.

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Here at the Lighthouse Hockey Consortium for Player Development and Wishful Thinking, we don't often highlight individual performances in regular season games for Islanders prospects.

But when a game is teased like this by a noted prospect watcher, our ears perk up.

Sure enough, Pronman was right to call everyone's attention to the highlights from Seattle's 4-0 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday night. Islanders first rounder Mathew Barzal finished with three points on a goal and two assists, all of which showed the hands and and instincts we're hoping to see in the NHL real soon.

In the first period, Barzal uses the back of the Blades' net to pass to himself and set up teammate Donovan Neuls from the slot. This was the specific play Pronman was referring to in his first tweet, but Barzal would keep going.


In the second, Barzal spins away from a defender to tee up Keegan Kolesar on the power play.


Finally, Barzal gets a goal of his own, pouncing on a loose puck behind Saskatoon goalie Evan Smith that everyone seems to forget about except for the guys with the whistles. That's good hustle.


The full video can be watched at the Thunderbirds site and this article from notes that Barzal's next goal will be a junior career high.

Good work, kid. Keep the gif-able plays coming.