2015-16 Season: At the beginning of the year Calvin de Haan said he needed to be better in 2015-16 and he delivered. The 25-year-old defenseman turned in a solid season on the blue line, playing in a career-high 72 games and tying a career-high with 16 points.
But de Haan’s contributions went beyond goals and assists last season, as he was a steady, reliable presence on the blue line, playing 20:37 per game, including 2:14 on the penalty kill. De Haan stepped up in a big way in mid-January, taking on even more responsibility with Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic out of the lineup. He averaged over 23 minutes per game while they were both out of the lineup and played a staggering 7:03 PK time against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 12.
The Carp, ON native - or Carplad - also blocked a team-high 198 shots last season, fourth most in the NHL.
Highlight Reel Moment: Calvin de Haan blocks a shot against the Florida Panthers in Game 6 (Apr. 24, 2016)
The Look Ahead: Calvin de Haan proved to be a reliable, minute-crunching defenseman for the Islanders last year, able to play top-level minutes when needed. He doesn’t play a flashy game, but he blocks shots, kills penalties and is a physical defenseman in the corners and in front of the net. Those contributions do not go unnoticed by the Islanders coaching staff.
Expect de Haan to fill the same role on the Islanders blue line next season.