Superior’s Mike Sislo has signed a contract extension with the New Jersey Devils, according to his father, Brian (Buddy) Sislo.
According to Renaud Lavoie of the Journal of Montreal, the 26-year-old forward signed a two-year, two-way extension that will keep him a member of the Devils organization through the 2015-16 season.
“I’m excited and happy to have this taken care of early in the summer,” said Sislo, who is currently training for the upcoming season in Connecticut. “Now I can focus on hockey and getting my body into the best shape possible for the start of the season.”
Although he was held pointless in 14 NHL games last season, Sislo enjoyed a breakout season as an assistant captain in his third season with the Albany Devils, finishing with 41 points, including 23 goals (both career highs) in 59 games. He also had two assists in four playoff games this past season with Albany.
Because of his speed and versatility, Sislo was relied on heavily on the power play and penalty kill. He finished tied for first with seven power-play goals and led the team with three shorthanded tallies.
Sislo made his NHL debut on Jan. 3 against Chicago and played a total of 14 games during three stints in Newark this season.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello recently spoke to Devils beat writer Tom Gulitti and said the team would like to re-sign Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier.
“Should those plans fall through and a deal with one of them fail to be reached, I think Sislo’s capable of coming up and filling a fourth line role this fall,” Lamoriello said.
According to Lavoie, “Securing Sislo for two years was a smart move considering he showed some promise in Albany and was one of the top guys in the production department. Sislo never made an immediate impact with the NHL team in his small sample size, but last season showed that he is going in the right direction when it comes to his development.”
The season will start with the Devils’ tryout camp. After a couple of weeks of workouts, Sislo will find out where he will be at the beginning of the season.
“I’m unsure where I will start the season, but my goal, obviously, is to play in the NHL,” Sislo said. “There’s always an uncertainty, so I just have to get in the best shape possible. You have to earn a spot, nothing in given to you.”