The Islanders announced on Thursday afternoon that they have re-signed defenseman Thomas Hickey to a two year, one way contract worth $1.35 million. Hickey, 24, was originally selected by the LA Kings during the first round of the 2007 entry draft and claimed off waivers by the Islanders prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. He played 39 games with the Islanders last year, in what was his first NHL season, and finished with 1 goal, 3 assists and a +9 rating for the year.
Hickey is a great example of what has become a typical Garth Snow signing. He’s talented without a doubt, serving as Team Canada’s captain during the 2009 World Juniors, but his NHL team had no room for him. Enter Garth Snow and the New York Islanders, looking for young talent to add to their roster. Hickey joined the team and was given a chance to show his skills during this past season. The Islanders obviously liked what they saw, and now Hickey will be back for another two seasons.
This is another signing that Islander fans should be happy about. Hickey played well on defense for the Islanders last year, despite his relatively small size, and with a cap hit of $675,000 each year who is going to complain? Probably someone, but they shouldn’t. During the 2012-13 season, Hickey played most of his games alongside Lubomir Visnovsky and both are now signed through the 2014-15 season. Sure, his offensive production could be better, but his first and only goal of the season was a big one, and we can hope that some of Visnovsky’s offensive abilities will start to rub off on him.
Hickey took to Twitter to express his excitement about his contract extension: