Mike Sislo
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Mike Sislo

Hometown:

Superior Wisconsin

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-01-20

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Mike Sislo had a breakout sophomore season for the University of New Hampshire. In 38 games he scored 19 goals with 12 assists and was +9 with 12 PMs. Sislo scored six times on the power play for the Wildcats who finished third in Hockey East.

2009-10: Sislo provided key second-line scoring as a junior as New Hampshire finished first in Hockey East and advanced to the NCAA tournament. While much of the accolades went to leading scorer Bobby Butler and the Wildcats' top line, Sislo scored a workman-like 14 goals with 15 assists, including 4 power play goals and 4 game-winners. Sislo had a -6 plus minus with 20 PMs in 39 games for New Hampshire.

2010-11: Sislo made his pro debut with the AHL Albany Devils after concluding his college career at the University of New Hampshire. Sislo was scoreless and -5 with 6 shots on goal in three games with Albany. Sislo had a memorable senior season with the Wildcats – teaming with Paul Thompson and Phil DeSimone on one of the NCAA's top lines. Sislo scored 15 goals with 33 assists and was +7 with 38 PMs in 39 games for the Wildcats, who finished second behind Boston College in Hockey East but had a disappointing post-season.

2011-12: Sislo skated in 59 games for New Jersey AHL affiliate Albany in his first pro season. He was the sixth-leading scorer on an offensively-challenged squad with 27 points — scoring 9 goals with 18 assists — and had 20 penalty minutes. Sislo's plus-four plus/minus tied him with Darcy Zajac for the second-best mark amongst players with 50 or more games. The Devils missed the AHL playoffs for the second straight year – finishing last in the Northeast Division.

2012-13: Sislo returned to New Jersey's AHL affiliate in Albany for his second pro season. Sislo saw limited ice time during the NHL lockout but was in a key role for Albany in the second half of the season. He finished with 13 goals and 13 assists in 61 games and was +1 with 46 penalty minutes. Albany missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. Sislo was re-signed by New Jersey to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Sislo is blessed with an above average offensive skill set. He’s definitely not the biggest guy, but he can really move and get around the ice well. Despite his diminutive frame, he doesn't mind going into the high traffic areas and can be found crashing the net quite often. He plays with a good amount of fearlessness and doesn't get taken off of his game easily. Sislo has really good hands and sees the ice pretty well. But his greatest asset is his speed.

 

Future

Entering his third pro season and the final year on his contract, Sislo needs to show he can contribute to Albany’s offense as a solid secondary scorer.

 

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