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Isles sign NCAA standout Czuczman

Mar 11, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT


The New York Islanders have reportedly agreed to terms with Lake Superior State defenseman Kevin Czuczman, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

UPDATE: Isles confirm the signing.

Czuczman, 23, is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound rearguard that scored 10 goals and 21 points in 36 games this season for Lake Superior — the same school that produced the likes of Doug Weight and Brian Rolston.

Czuczman has skated in each of Buffalo’s last two summer development camps and, according to Friedman, was one of the most highly regarding college free agents in this year’s class — along with New Hampshire’s Trevor van Riemsdyk (brother of James van Riemsdyk) and Boston College’s Kevin Hayes (brother of Jimmy Hayes).

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UPDATE: Just a bit of clarity on Hayes — he’s a Chicago draft pick (first round, ’10) but has yet to sign with the team. According to Friedman, people are “curious to see what his plans are.”

  1. shinkdew - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I’m pretty sure Kevin Hayes is still a Blackhawks prospect. They drafted him in the first round in 2010.

    • Mike Halford - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Yes, but he hasn’t signed with the ‘Hawks so people are waiting to see what his next move is.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Is that the same sort of thing Justin Schultz did with Anaheim?

  2. smarshall3789 - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Where were you on this one Kenny this should of had Wings written all over it!!

    • bcisleman - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      He probably was. Many teams were.

  3. 950003cups - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    If he didn’t sign since 2010, I thought he can re-enter the draft. What’s the time limit?

    • shinkdew - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      He’s too old for the draft. Chicago hold his rights until May, he’s UFA if they don’t sign him. BC is still playing so the earliest he’d sign is in April after the NCAA tournament. To be honest, I don’t think he’s that good to begin with. He’s basically had one good year out of the four he’s played at BC.

  4. bcisleman - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    A nice add to likely the deepest defensive prospect pool in the NHL.

  5. ibieiniid - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    aaaand the race is on for the announcers/reporters to figure out how to pronounce his name.

  6. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Hope Nonis can land Trevor van Riemsdyk. TVR and JVR on TML sounds good!

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