Mike Halmo
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Mike Halmo

Hometown:

Waterloo Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-05-15

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2012

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Mike Halmo played 62 games for Owen Sound in his first OHL season. He scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was -9 with 90 penalty minutes. The Attack finished fourth in the Midwest Division and faced Memorial Cup champion Windsor in a first round playoff series. Halmo had 1 assist and was -5 with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2009-10: Halmo skated in 60 games for Owen Sound and led the Attack with 121 penalty minutes in his second season. He scored 11 goals with 18 assists and was -4. Owen Sound missed the playoffs after finishing fifth in the Midwest Division.

2010-11: Halmo was one of seven 20-goal scorers for the OHL champion Attack in his third season with Owen Sound. He also had 23 assists and was +10 with 121 penalty minutes in 59 games. Owen Sound was first in the Midwest Division and defeated Mississauga St. Michael’s in the OHL finals. Halmo scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was +8 with 36 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +2 with 6 penalty minutes in four Memorial Cup games.

2011-12: Halmo signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders as a free agent in March 2012 and made his pro debut with AHL Bridgeport after leading the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack in scoring and penalty minutes in an over-age season. He scored 1 goal and was plus-one with one fighting major in five AHL games. Halmo scored 40 goals with 45 assists and was plus-24 with 162 penalty minutes in 66 games for Owen Sound. He received a 10-game suspension at the end of the season for a hit on Edmonton prospect Nail Yakupov; missing the last three regular season games and the Attack’s playoff series with Kitchener.

2012-13: Halmo played in 46 AHL games for Bridgeport as a 21-year-old in his first pro season. He scored 5 goals with 9 assists and was +2 with 46 penalty minutes. The Sound Tigers missed the AHL playoffs after finishing third in the Northeast Division.

2013-14: Halmo made his NHL debut with the Islanders on February 27th in a game against Toronto and played 20 games with New York — spending most of his second pro season with Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport. He scored his only goal (and NHL point to-date) in a 4-2 win over Florida on April 1st and for the season was minus-1 with 32 penalty minutes. Halmo was the second-leading scorer for Bridgeport — scoring 18 goals with 20 assists in 56 AHL games — and was +11 with 137 penalty minutes. Bridgeport finished fifth in the Northeast Division; missing the AHL playoffs. 

2014-15: Halmo skated in 33 games for Islanders’ AHL affiliate Bridgeport in his third pro season, missing three months after suffering an upper-body injury in early December. He scored 10 goals with 8 assists and was -2 with 83 penalty minutes. The Sound Tigers missed the playoffs, finishing last in the Northeast Division. Halmo was re-signed by the Islanders to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015. 

Talent Analysis

Halmo was a 40-goal scorer in his last year of junior hockey and is capable of putting up points in the AHL but his role at the NHL level to this point has been that of an energy level forward and enforcer.

Future

Halmo continues to provide grit and secondary scoring for the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2015-16 in his fourth pro season. A fan favorite for his willingness to throw his body around and drop the gloves when he was called up by the Islanders in 2013-14, he is not at the level of some of the highly-skilled younger forwards that the Islanders have added the past two seasons. Halmo is a valuable player to have in an organization for emergency call ups or for leadership at the AHL level. His overall skill level may prevent him from playing in the NHL on a permanent basis.

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