2015-16 Season: Casey Cizikas had a career-year last season, scoring 29 points (8G, 21A) while anchoring the Islanders effective energy line.
Cizikas surpassed the 20-point mark for the first time in his career and he made his eight goals count, netting four game-winners, one shy of sharing the team lead.
His point totals increased, but so did Cizikas’ defensive responsibilities. Cizikas was the Islanders most-used forward penalty killer, averaging 2:11 TOI per game on the PK, up from 1:26 the season before. Cizikas was also second on the Islanders last season with 58 takeaways, second to only John Tavares, while limiting his giveaways to 23, among the best of Islanders who played at least 50 games.
Cizikas signed a five-year extension with the Islanders in June.
Highlight Reel Moment: Casey Cizikas scores game-winning goal against the Rangers (Apr. 7, 2016)
The Look Ahead: Cizikas contributed at both ends of the ice last season, taking strides as a two-way player. He’s a gamer and has shown that he can deliver offense in big moments and is a responsible defender at the end of games. He’s got heart, he’s not afraid to mix it up and go to the dirty areas and can throw some big hits despite being 5’11.
Increased expectations come with a new contract, but aside from chipping in more offense, there’s no need for Cizikas to deviate from his game. Keep providing energy, keep killing penalties, keep chipping in big goals and keep being a pesky backchecker. At 25, there’s still a lot of good hockey in front of Cizikas.