• Placed on IR

    News: Thomas Hickey (upper body) was placed on IR on Friday, reports Newsday.
    Analysis: This is more of a clerical move than anything else as Thomas Hickey is not expected to return to the Islanders until late October at the earliest.
  • Out four weeks with Upper-Body injury

    News: Thomas Hickey is out four weeks with an upper-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
    Analysis: This news affects the Isles' depth on the blue line to start the new campaign, but the team does have defensive prospects in Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield, one of whom who could step in and fill the void. Of course, spare defenseman Brian Strait is another consideration to fill in for Thomas Hickey.
  • Isles' Hickey Leaves Game With Upper-Body Injury

    News: Thomas Hickey left the game Monday with an upper-body injury, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.
    Analysis: Thomas Hickey was hit with a high stick earlier in the game but there is no word yet if that is why he left the contest. Hickey is expected to be one of the Islanders' third-pair defensemen this season.
  • Hickey Re-Signs With Islanders

    News: Thomas Hickey signed a three-year, $6.6 million contract with the Islanders on Wednesday, NHL.com reports.
    Analysis: Thomas Hickey missed just one game over the past two seasons, but his fantasy utility is restricted to deeper formats, given his modest output on offense and in the PIM category. Hickey is coming off back-to-back 22-point campaigns, a span in which he accumulated 60 penalty minutes.
  • Isles, Hickey Closing In On New Deal

    News: The Islanders and Thomas Hickey are closing in on a new contract, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
    Analysis: The likely re-signing of Thomas Hickey -- a restricted free agent -- is a somewhat curious decision on the Isles' part, as he's a bottom-pair defender and the Isles have several young blueliners in the pipeline. Despite playing on one of the Eastern Conference's best teams last season, Hickey still registered a minus-12 rating, the lowest of any Islanders player.
  • Isles' Hickey Grabs Assist In Game 7 Loss

    News: Thomas Hickey recorded an assist on the Islanders' only goal in Monday's Game 7 loss to the Capitals.
    Analysis: Not only was the assist Thomas Hickey's only point of the postseason, but his first since March 28, ending a 12-game scoring slide. Hickey carries his most utility for the Islanders for his ability to block shots, but it's unclear if he'll be retained by the team as a restricted free agent this coming summer. The Islanders have two near NHL-ready defensive prospects on hand in Ryan Pulock and Griffin Reinhart, and may be inclined to let go of Hickey to clear out a spot for one or both players.
  • Isles' Hickey Picks Up Assist Saturday

    News: Thomas Hickey tallied an assist in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Ducks.
    Analysis: Thomas Hickey has been able to hold down a regular role for the Islanders, but it doesn't appear that he'll be on the cusp of universal fantasy ownership anytime soon. While he's not a true sinkhole in any one category, his modest across-the-board production (22 points, 113 hits, 125 blocked shots in 75 games) doesn't lend itself to much value.
  • Isles' Hickey Assists On Two

    News: Thomas Hickey notched a pair of helpers and went plus-2 in a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Tuesday.
    Analysis: It's his first multi-point effort in exactly a month, as Thomas Hickey also picked up two assists on Jan. 10. The former No. 4 pick doesn't produce a lot of points, though at least he has a strong chance to exceed last year's 22 -- he's just four short right now.
  • Islanders' Hickey Sets The Table For Score

    News: Thomas Hickey collected an assist in Thursday's win over the Flyers.
    Analysis: With five assists as his only points since mid-December, Thomas Hickey has been as cold as the ice on which he skates. His overall offensive output, on the other hand, doesn't look all that bad when you consider the blueliner has 14 assists on the year. But everything considered, Hickey is a deep reach in fantasy circles.
  • Isles' Hickey Sets Up Two

    News: Thomas Hickey delivered two assists Saturday in a win over the Blue Jackets. He has just three points in his last 14 games.
    Analysis: He's making slow, but steady progress in increasing his offensive output. He'll soon be 26 and this is just his third NHL season. He may grow into a scoring role, but moreover, he may simply be a minute-munching, 25-point guy. Only you know if that has value in your format.