Islanders Send Down Beauvillier and Bernier, Call Up Tanner Fritz from Bridgeport (AHL).
According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the Islanders have sent down forwards Anthony Beauvillier and Steve Bernier to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Almost two hours later, the Islanders called-up forward Tanner Fritz. The roster move freed a little over $800,000 in cap space and brought the roster down to twenty-two players — one away from the twenty-three player maximum.
After a promising rookie season in 2016–17, Anthony Beauvillier has taken a major step back so far this campaign. In thirty-one games this season, Beauvillier has recorded four goals and three assists (seven points) while posting a minus-nine plus/minus. This will be the first time Beauvillier will play for the Sound Tigers.
The Islanders also returned right-winger Steve Bernier to the Sound Tigers. In four games with the big club, Bernier recorded zero points with a minus-two plus/minus. In twenty-one games with the Sound Tigers this season, Bernier has scored ten goals and four assists (fourteen points).
Getting off the train at Atlantic Terminal is winger Tanner Fritz. So far this season, in twenty-nine games, Fritz has plotted ten goals and twenty-five assists (thirty-five points) and a plus-six plus/minus. If Fritz sees the ice with the Islanders, it will likely be in a bottom six capacity despite his enticing performance in the AHL this season.
It should be interesting to see what the Islanders do with their remaining open roster spot.
As for the team as a whole, the Islanders will face the red hot Boston Bruins tomorrow evening at Barclays Center. The Bruins will come into Brooklyn posting a 7–1–2 record over their past ten games, the Islanders have posted a 4–5–1 record over that same span. The goaltending matchup is not known at this point but it is more than likely that the Islanders will see Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins. Who actually knows for the Islanders at this point? Jaroslav Halak has certainly been the better goalie as of late but he was hit hard for five goals against last night in Denver. In all fairness to him though, he did stop thirty shots in two periods of work behind an atrocious defense. Puck drop is set for just after 7PM with coverage starting half an hour prior on MSG+.