But after appearing in just two games for the NHL club, Barzal has been returned to his junior club in Seattle.
The Isles announced the move this morning. Barzal, 19, hasn’t played since Oct. 26, when he logged just 9:20 against the Canadiens. He was a minus-2 in that game, a 3-2 victory for Montreal.
Two games. No points. Three penalties.
“Honestly, aside from the penalties, I thought my game was pretty solid on both ends,” he told The Province newspaper recently. “I created a couple of chances in Washington — a pass to Johnny Boychuk and he hit the post — and defensively my line was pretty solid. But at the end of the day I have to produce.”
And he has to play, which he’ll get to do now, albeit in the WHL.
The Isles play in Tampa Bay on Thursday.