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Lake Superior's Kevin Czuczman Signs with New York Islanders

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Lake Superior loses the first early departure of the college hockey season.

Lake Superior State's season came to an end last weekend when they were swept by Ferris State, and lost out on a tiebreaker for eighth place in the WCHA to Bemidji State. The early end to the Lakers season freed up defenseman Kevin Czuczman, one of the top free agents available in college hockey this year, to sign with an NHL team.

Over the weekend, NHL Draft expert Mark Seidel said as many as 16 NHL teams had expressed interest in signing Czuczman(pronounced 'CHURCH-man'). Today, Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman reports that Czuczman will sign with the New York Islanders:

Czuczman is a 6'3" 205 lbs. defenseman that just completed his junior year of eligibility. He scored 10 goals and 11 assists in 36 games this season with the Lakers. Three of his goals and three of his assists came via the man advantage. We recently selected Czuczman as a first team All-WCHA defenseman, and had him ranked 82nd on our list of the top 100 NHL prospects in the NCAA. Czuczman has good skating and decision-making to go along with prototypical NHL size.

Update: The Islanders have confirmed Czuczman's signing.