On Monday, Nashville locked up 22-year-old center Colton Sissons for the foreseeable future, inking him to a three-year, $1.875 million extension, one that carries a $625,000 annual cap hit.
Sissions, the 50th overall pick in 2012, turned pro in ’13-14 and has spent the last three seasons between Nashville and the club’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
With the Admirals, he’s had a fair bit of success, making an AHL All-Star team while serving as the youngest captain in Admirals history this season, scoring 16 points in 33 games.
Success at the NHL level has been more elusive, however.
Sissons — who was set to become a restricted free agent this summer — has only appeared in 19 games this year, scoring a goal and an assist. While he has shown some promise — as the Preds noted in their release, he has “a 59 percent success rate in the face-off circle, best among all NHLers taking at least 100 draws” — Sissons has yet to become a lineup regular.
Part of that, of course, is due to Nashville boasting the likes of Ryan Johansen, Mike Fisher, Mike Ribeiro, Calle Jarnkrok and Paul Gaustad down the middle.
Sissions’ deal was clearly made with an eye for the future. It’s a one-way deal for the final two years of the contract — which aligns itself with the fact that Gaustard is a pending UFA, while Ribeiro and Fisher are UFAs in 2018.
The New York Islanders are about to see what Ryan Pulock is all about.
Pulock, the 15th overall pick in ’13, has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport and could make his NHL debut on Tuesday in Minnesota, per Newsday.
Pulock, 21, is in the midst of a very productive campaign with the Sound Tigers, scoring seven goals and 24 points in 51 games. He was named to the AHL’s All-Star Game in January and could see some action in the not-too-distant future.
The Isles have been without de Haan for a week — he was hurt against Detroit — and have been forced to put both Brian Strait and Marek Zidlicky in the lineup as a result.
Pulock was the sixth defenseman off the board in ’13, and the first three — Seth Jones, Darnell Nurse and Rasmus Ristolainen — have all made their NHL debuts, and essentially become regulars.
The “second three” — Samuel Moris, Josh Morrissey and Pulock — have yet to make their NHL debuts.
Blackhawks d-man Michal Rozsival won’t have a disciplinary hearing for his big hit on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker during Sunday’s outdoor game at TCF Bank stadium, per the Chicago Tribune.
Rozsival was given a five-minute interference minor and game misconduct for the hit, which forced Zucker from the game entirely.
The 24-year-old was shaken up on the play and had to be helped from the ice, though it appeared some of the damage was caused by Zucker’s head hitting the ice following the hit.
Following the contest, the Star-Tribune reported that Zucker is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
San Jose will be without one of its top energy guys for the next while.
Tommy Wingels, who’s scored at least 15 goals in each of the last two seasons, will be “out for the near future” after crashing into the boards during Thursday’s win over the Panthers, head coach Peter DeBoer confirmed on Friday.
Per the Mercury News, DeBoer said he didn’t believe the injury was of the long-term variety.
Wingels, 27, has five goals and 11 points through 56 games this year, averaging just under 14 minutes per night.
With the Sharks two games into their current five-game road swing, Wingels will continue to travel with the club.
New Jersey will get a key blueline piece back in time for Friday’s key tilt against the Islanders.
Jon Merrill, who’s missed the last 12 games with an arm injury, will draw back in and play for the first time since Jan. 16.
Merrill, the former University of Michigan standout taken 38th overall in 2010, will be a welcome addition to the Devils lineup. He had scored three points in 36 games this year prior to getting hurt, averaging just under 17 minutes per night.
The Devils head into tonight’s action one point back of Tampa Bay for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.