The Islanders kicked off the College Free Agent signing period by inking two prospects to deals.
First; the Isles, in terrible need of a solid defenseman, signed Lake Superior State Defenseman Kevin Czuczman (pronounced CHURCH-Man). He definitely has the size the Islanders are sorely lacking and while he is not exactly Zdeno Chara, he is 6’3″, 205 lbs. The 23-year-old Ontario native has 21 points in 36 games (10 G, 11 A) and just finished his Junior year of eligibility. Last year he was named LSSU’s most-valuable defenseman. According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, Czuczman one of the most highly regarding college free agents in this year’s class. He is widely regarded as one of the Top 10 Free Agents available and has skated in the last 2 Summer development camps held by Buffalo.
Here is a compilation of the newest Islander in some games at LSSU. I feel terrible he had to wear a uniform that looked like that.:
The Islanders also made one other minor signing. They signed Dmitry Antipin, a 23 year-old Forward from UMass-Dartmouth to a contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Antipin, is 6’3″, 195 lbs and hails from Novosibirsk, Russia. He tallied 11 points (8 G, 3 A) in 25 games with the Corsairs this season.
Here’s some video of #32 in action: