2014 sixth-round draft pick Dylan Sikura has come a long way over the past four seasons. He has gone from being a healthy scratch multiple times during his freshman season at Northeastern University, to scoring 109 points in his final two NCAA seasons.
His terrific senior season carried over into the postseason as Sikura had a big weekend in Northeastern’s two-game sweep of the University of Massachusetts in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East tournament. Sikura picked up two goals, including the game winner of Friday night and then added a goal and a primary assist on Saturday.
His productive weekend earned him Hockey East Player of the Week Honors. Northeastern will move on to the TD Garden for a semifinal matchup with Providence. Boston College and Boston University will meet in the other semifinal on Saturday with the winners playing for an automatic NCAA tournament bid on Sunday.
After leading the #HowlinHuskies back to the Hockey East semifinals, Dylan Sikura has been named the league's co-player of the week! ????: https://t.co/UOuVo2Cawk pic.twitter.com/8ARftAPTfh
— Northeastern MHKY (@GoNUmhockey) March 12, 2018
Sikura took some time during his busy weekend to chat with Scott Powers of The Athletic where he talked about everything from his early struggles to possibility of playing in the NHL at some point this spring.
“The game's changed so much over the last five years,” said Sikura. “You got to be young and fast and you have to have skill. I think that kind of fits into my game. It's pretty exciting to see how much faith a guy like Stan has in me, but it's nerve-wrecking at the same time, you know. I feel like there's a lot, I guess you can say, pressure. Just from the fans, me being a sixth-round guy who was getting scratched freshman year, talking about me being part of the future of the Hawks, it's pretty crazy how it turns around. Obviously with that opportunity, it's very exciting. To have someone believe in you like that is pretty cool.”
However, Sikura would not fully commit to signing with the Blackhawks as soon as his season ends. He leaving the possibility of waiting until August 15 to become a free agent open.
“Like I said, I haven't made my decision fully yet, but just trying to focus on here. My dad always says to try to stay grounded. I try to leave that in the background and kind of focus what I got here. Whenever my season ends, I can focus on signing or whatnot.”