That 96 percent efficiency isn't sustainable, of course, even over the course of a 48-game season. But it is impressive, particularly for a group of penalty killers that hasn't changed all that much from last season, when the Islanders were 23rd in the NHL , with an 80.5 percent efficiency rate.
Don Meehan, Nabokov's agent, said via email that he had not had any discussions with Isles GM Garth Snow on a new contract for the 37-year-old Nabokov, who signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal in March to stay with the team.
I'd say he's above average-good. He has done well in the AHL on draws (I don't think they keep those stats. But going back 2 years ago to the WJC U20 team he was on. He was called on to take all the key draws, and lined up at face-off almost as much as Brayden Schenn and took far more draws than Ryan Johansson and Sean Couturier.
Cizikas won 77 and lost 57 for about 58% (won of the tournament leaders. Only a couple of players took more draws than him in the tournament, and one of them was Schenn (who only had like 7 or 8 more) and Cizikas had a better win percentage.
It's not a weakness, let's just put it that way.
Speaking of face-offs.... Johan Sundstrom was 6% win% on draws that tournament and 60% the year after. A tournament leader both times. It's part of the reason I think he is a perfect fit on the Grabner-Nielsen line as a right handed shot RW (that takes the face-off draws for Frans Nielsen, who is not terribly good at face-offs). Sundstrom is also an excellent forechecker and defensive forward. Islander fans are going to love this kid when he shows up.
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