Bob Nystrom Award
Mid-Season Winner: Lee (39.3%)
End of Year Winner: Cizikas (26.6%)
Anders Lee was the favorite to win the internal award at the halfway mark of the year, but an injury that shut down his season stopped that from happening. Had he finished the year he would have certainly won it this year.
Taking the award though is a worthy winner (and past winner) in Casey Cizikas. The fourth-line center is the beating heart of the team. He drives his line that plays “the Islanders way” and gives the entire team their identity.
The Bob Nystrom award is given to the player who exemplifies: “leadership, hustle, and determination”. Isn’t that exactly what the fourth line does night-in and night-out?
Makes sense that Cizikas and linemate Matt Martin have split the award eight times over the last nine years. Anders Lee won the award in 2016-17, ending a five-year run by Martin.
I wanted to take a second to thank everyone for voting. I know placing six votes twice over a shortened NHL season isn’t necessarily a Herculean task but it means a lot to me that you participate in our little survey. Thank you, you’re the best.