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New York Islanders Best And Worst of Jack Capuano

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders gives players instructions in the final minutes of the game against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on March 14, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Jack Capuano of the New York Islanders gives players instructions in the final minutes of the game against the Florida Panthers at the Barclays Center on March 14, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Good: Putting Cizikas, Clutterbuck, Martin Together

There was no better fourth line in hockey than Cal Clutterbuck, Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas. Literally dubbed “the best fourth line in hockey” the trio dominated their opposition.

All three played a physical game. Clutterbuck and Martin could and would hit anyone on skates. Martin would be the tough guy, dropping the mitts when the time was right. While Cizikas and his dogged determination would harass puck carriers all over the ice.

The combination of skills often meant that the three would be able to successfully press the opposition out of the defensive zone and into the attacking zone. Giving the skilled lines the opportunity to do what they do best and create some offense.

The trio reached their peak in the 2015-16 season when all three hit had big years production wise. Martin put up 19 points, Clutterbuck had 23 and Cizikas added 29 points.

The big years resulted in big new deals for two of the three. Clutterbuck signed a five-year $17.5 million deal and Cizikas a five-year $16.75 million deal in that offseason.

The was no better personification for the way Jack Capuano likes to play hockey than these three. Hard hitting and tough. It was short lived as Matt Martin was allowed to leave in free agency for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jack Capuano was fired in the middle of the next season. But the line was perfect for its role while it lasted.

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