New York Islanders Top 5 Players Developed From AHL In Last 5 Years
Sound Tiger Stats: 25 G, 41 A, 66 PTS in 83 Games (From 2011-2013)
Casey Cizikas joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2011-12 after two seasons in junior after the New York Islanders selected him in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
Cizikas was already known for his trademark tenacious work level. Watch Cizikas absolutely devastate this Russian power play during the 2011 world junior championship.
Cizikas would play the 2011 season out in junior, putting up 64 points in 52 games before joining the Sound Tigers. Where he’d have an honestly good run with the AHL team.
Cizikas is the exact type of player that Bridgeport seems entirely capable of churning out. Hard working defensively sound players. Players, that might not put up a ton of points, but they’ll be able to play the defensive style of hockey the Islanders want.
Cizikas quickly outgrew the AHL. He didn’t play a full season in either year he was in Connecticut. His longest stint was 52 games in 2011-12. His last stay was 31 games long in 2012-13 before staying in the NHL for good.
Czikias is a great fourth line center. He’s probably good enough for a third line center role. He’s certainly paid enough to be a third line center. He’s also the type of player that Bridgeport loves to pump out. But an “impact” player