ST. LOUIS — Mathew Barzal won the 2020 Fastest Skater competition with a time of 13.715 during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition Friday night. The Islanders forward ends Connor McDavid‘s three-year reign as champion.
Of the eight competitors, Barzal and McDavid were the last to go and each beat McDavid’s best time — 13.310 seconds — of the last three years.
“I was talking to [McDavid] earlier in the lobby of the hotel,” Barzal said afterward. “I might have gotten lucky this week. He was on a break, his break actually happened for a few days so he hadn’t been on skates for a while. We just finished two days ago so I was fresh on my skates.
“You watch him out there, his stride is picture perfect, he never stops moving , so again, I don’t think I could have skated a better lap. I don’t think I could have done it again.”
Barzal finished third last year in San Jose with a time of 13.780. If he’s named to an All-Star roster next season he’ll be able to defend his crown at the BB&T Center when the Florida Panthers play host.