New York Islanders: Top 25 Under 25 2019-2020 Edition
Number 24: Christian Krygier (Defence) | Age: 19
Michigan State Stats: 0G, 2A, 2PTS
Krygier didn’t have a productive season with Michigan State University last season. In 33 games with the Spartans, Krygier put up two points from the blue line.
To be fair it was only his freshman year with a Spartan team that finished with a 12-19-5 record. But it wasn’t that bad for Krygier. He ended the year by being invited to play for Team USA in the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase.
Speaking to MIHockey.com, Krygier was excited but modest with his invitation to USA showcase team:
"“I’m happy to be here, but it’s just the start of the process, and at the same time, don’t want to get too overly excited about it because it could be over sooner than you think. Just taking it day by day, doing what I need to do and playing my game, let the rest take care of itself. It’s a selection process, so it’s not really up to me, I just have to do what I can do and leave the rest up to them.”"
The defender played six games in total and put up three assists. Sure, all three came in a 7-1 drubbing of Team Finland. But he had an alright showing for the American’s. Better then fellow New York Islanders prospect Bode Wilde who only played four games for Team USA.
Next season will be Krygier’s sophomore year at Michigan State. He’s bound to get more responsibility for the Spartans in 2019-20. That should see that production increase as he’s on the ice more.
Krygier hasn’t ever been much of an offensive defenseman. Drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 entry draft, the Islanders took a flyer on a guy who put up eight points and 137 penalty minutes with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.
This year Krygier didn’t produce much offense, but his 24 penalty minutes showed a much more disciplined player.
Ranking Christian Krygier at 24th is a reflection of the positive strides he’s taken since being drafted.