PLUS: Penalty Killing and Face-offs
Successful penalty killing is vital to the overall success of a team, and no one understands that better than Cizikas. He centers the first penalty-killing unit for the Islanders alongside Cal Clutterbuck on his right, and Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock on defense.
The Islanders had an 82.2% penalty-kill percentage over the course of the last season, finishing with the 9th best penalty kill in the league. Cizikas can be credited for many of those kills, often putting his whole body on the line while killing penalties. He's fearless and willing to block every puck that comes his way, and he has even lost a glove once or twice in the process.
Cizikas is also a secret weapon (of sorts) for the islanders in the face-off dot. Though the team already boasts the top face-off center in JG Pageau and Bo Horvat, Cizikas took 939 face-offs, winning 53.3% of them last season. That gives head coach Lane Lambert a plethora of options during the course of the game, and Cizikas' face-off prowess helps support the PK on most nights.