The Islanders have signed Mike Halmo, an undrafted forward from the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack to an entry-level deal. Halmo is one of the top players in the OHL this season, ranking fifth with a 40-44-84 line in 64 games as an older player in the OHL. He’s also got 148 penalty minutes, for folks hoping to see the organization get tougher. This is the 20 year old’s fourth season in the OHL, all spent with Owen Sound. You can see his full statistics here. Halmo will be eligible to report to Bridgeport when the Owen Sound season is over, but that could be awhile as they recently clinched a playoff spot.
In his time in the OHL, Halmo has always been one of the most feared hitters in the league. He’s also been the type of player who constantly walks the line between clean and dirty, has seen his share of suspensions, and driven opposing fans to the point of anger. But if he’s on your team, you love him. His offensive game really took a big step forward last year playing with Andrew Shaw and the two of them were dynamite in the Attack playoff run to the OHL championship. This year, he’s improved even more and currently sits 3rd in the league with 36 goals scored. While I don’t anticipate him to be a league scoring champion at the next level, he looks like a solid energy player for an NHL team in the future. He certainly has to be encouraged by the success Andrew Shaw has had professionally this season.