The NHL is still trying to work out details about its return for next season, but several of the New York Islanders collegiate prospects returned to action this past weekend.
Hockey like other sports in the NCAA has had to deal with COVID-19 cancellations, but defenseman Christian Krygier and Michigan State University opened their season against Arizona State over the weekend. The Michigan State junior recorded his first career collegiate goal in Michigan State’s 1-1 tie on Nov. 19.
First career goal alert! pic.twitter.com/s0qu6hRuY8
— MSU_Hockey (@MSU_Hockey) November 20, 2020
The goal came on his only shot of the game and he finished the night a plus-1. Christian Krygier recorded two shots the following night as Michigan State picked up their first win of the season.
Christian Krygier was selected by the Islanders 196th overall in 2018.
The week prior week, Notre Dame forward and Islanders prospect, Jacob Pivonka, began play with a season-opening series against Wisconson. Pivonka appeared in both games for Notre Dame but did not register any points.
Pivonka was also drafted in 2018.
For other Islanders prospects in the NCAA, their seasons will begin in the coming weeks. Alex Jefferies, who was selected 121st overall in this year’s draft will begin his freshman season at Merrimack College on Dec. 4 against Maine.
Senior defenseman Benjamin Mirageas and Providence College open their season on Dec. 4 as well against Northeastern and Boston University senior forward Logan Cockerill kicks things off against Vermont on the same day. Both players were drafted in 2017 by the Islanders.
Islanders sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft Collin Adams begins his senior season on Dec. 2 when North Dakota University plays Miami (Ohio).
Misha Song, who was selected in 2015 and became the first Chinese-born player to be selected in the NHL Draft, won’t be on the ice this season after the Ivy League announced it was canceling winter sports because of COVID-19. Song plays for Cornell University.