ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — Dylan Sikura had a strong rookie season for the IceHogs last season. All signs are pointing to a bigger season in year two.
Sikura has scored three goals and added one assist in the IceHogs’ first five games. He says he expects to take a step up from last season when he was the IceHogs Rookie of the year and he tallied 35 points in 46 games.
“Every year you take a big step and kind of your first year, your rookie year you don’t know what to expect,” said Sikura after practice Tuesday. “I think throughout last year I’ve matured as a person and a player.”
IceHogs’ head coach Derek King sees a more mature Dylan Sikura. “I think the biggest thing I’ve seen in his game the growth would be the work ethic. When you’re a skilled player like that a lot of times you get by on your skill.” “Now you’re playing with your peers or guys that are just as good as you or the same skill level, so you’ve got to add the work ethic. I think he’s done a great job with that.”
Sikura gives credit to his linemates his older brother Tyler and Matthew Highmore.
“They’re pretty honest players,” said Sikura. “You know what you’re getting from them every night. They’re going to be hard-working guys. They’re big, strong guys that can get the puck back for me…I think we’ve got a good thing going here.”
One of the most impressive things about Sikura is his consistency. He has accounted for 14 points in the IceHogs last 19 games going back to last season.
“When it comes down to it it’s not all about points, but obviously when you see you’re getting rewarded and you know it’s over a longer stretch than normal that’s always good,” said Sikura.
Sikura had two stints with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. He skated in 33 games for them and he had eight assists and a +2 rating in those games. If he continues to play for the IceHogs like he has been he’ll be pushing for another call-up.