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Islanders 2021 end-of-year fan vote awards results

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 16: NHL trophies and awards are displayed at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in advance of the 2019 NHL Awards on June 16, 2019 in Las Vegas. Nevada. The 2019 NHL Awards will be held on June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 16: NHL trophies and awards are displayed at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in advance of the 2019 NHL Awards on June 16, 2019 in Las Vegas. Nevada. The 2019 NHL Awards will be held on June 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 07: Casey Cizikas #53 and Ilya Sorokin #30 of the New York Islanders celebrate their 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum on March 07, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 07: Casey Cizikas #53 and Ilya Sorokin #30 of the New York Islanders celebrate their 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum on March 07, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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.

Next. Isles all-time playoff record vs Pens

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.

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