The New York Islanders
signed Casey Cizikas
to an entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.
Cizikas, a fourth-round pick (No. 92) by the Islanders in 2009, would have ended up back in the Entry Draft in June if he didn't come to terms on a deal with the Islanders by the end of the day.
The 20-year-old center scored a career-high 64 points (29 goals, 35 assists) in 52 games this season for the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League, ranking third on the team in scoring.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Cizikas also scored 19 points and a team-high 14 assists in 16 OHL playoff games. He was tied for second place on the team in postseason scoring and seventh in the OHL.
Cizikas scored 2 goals and added 1 assist in five games during the 2011 Memorial Cup. The Saint John Sea Dogs defeated Mississuaga, 3-1, in the final.
The Toronto, Ont., native also played for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. Cizikas registered 2 goals and 1 assist in seven games as Canada took home a silver medal.