NY Islander's Plus/Minus for 2023-24: Casey Cizikas can contribute more offense

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As one of the longest-tenured Islanders, Casey Cizikas has become an integral part of the team's identity both on and off the ice. Centering Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck for most of his career, "Zeeker" has demonstrated the ability to leave his mark on a game in multiple ways. However, last season, he had his worst offensive season since the 2013-14 season and needs to chip in more scoring for an Islanders team that needs offense across all four lines.

Cizikas scored just six goals and 15 assists for the Islanders during the 2022-23 season after scoring 10 in 74 games in 2021-22. He scored 20 goals back in the 2018-19 season and followed it up with 10 goals in just 48 games played the following year. There's some offensive skill to his game and he needs to rediscover it for next season.

After battling injuries in recent seasons, the 32-year-old forward played in all but one game during the 2022-23 season. He missed one game against the Florida Panthers on December 23, 2022, after suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury against the New York Rangers the previous night. Luckily, Cizikas returned to the lineup five days later to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins and was able to remain healthy for the rest of the season, including the first round of the 2023 playoffs.

With some younger potential fourth-liners in Simon Holmstrom and newly acquired Julien Gauthier competing ice-time, Cizikas might see a rotation of linemates more frequently this season in place of Martin and Clutterbuck, two veterans on the final year of his contract.

As we head into the 2023-24 season, lets look at the pluses and minuses to Cizikas' game.