Islanders Summer Report Card: Brock Nelson

Mar 17, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; North Dakota Fighting Sioux forward Brock Nelson (29) celebrates his goal during the first period against the Denver Pioneers at the Xcel Energy Center. North Dakota defeated Denver 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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Student Report

  • Name:  Brock Nelson
  • Enrolled: 2013
  • Age: 21
  • Undergraduate: 2011
  • Days Absent: 48
  • Scholarship:  2 years remaining on entry level contract, worth $900,000 per season
  • Achievements:   First Pro Season; First NHL Playoff Game

 

Class List And Grade History

  •        Skating: Incomplete
  •        Shooting: Incomplete
  •        Passing: Incomplete
  •        Defense: Incomplete
  •        Leadership: Incomplete

 

Evaluator Comments:

Brock Nelson didn’t give us much of a sample size to work with during the 2013 NHL season. In what was something of a surprise, the Islanders prospect made his NHL debut in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. He registered a few hits, most notably on Kris Letang, and a -1 rating in 7:44 of ice time, and that’s all we really have for his NHL experience.

What we have plenty of, though, is Nelson’s AHL experience. Finally, Nelson has one year at the pro-level under his belt, and he lived up to his billing. With 25 goals in 66 games played, Nelson set a Bridgeport franchise rookie record for goals scored in a single season. Nelson also added 27 assists, giving him 52 points on the season, the highest total in Bridgeport.

Nelson may be the Islanders’ most complete prospect at the moment, and we watched his abilities translate smoothly when he made his first NHL appearance on May 11, 2013. Look for Brock Nelson to be a mainstay on the Islanders roster for the 2013-14 season, and perhaps even a candidate for the Calder Trophy.

 

Professor Recommendations:

As we saw during Game Six, the Islanders trust Brock Nelson. They gave him his first NHL opportunity during an elimination game (at the expense of Jesse Joensuu), and received a vote of confidence from Garth Snow during the Islanders Booster Club Meeting earlier last week. Seeing that this is Nelson’s roster spot to lose, I recommend he keeps on keeping on.

The two-way forward can contribute in all situations, and his larger frame will be a valuable commodity for the New York Islanders offensive core. Nelson kills penalties, produces on the power-play, and plays well in all three zones during 5-on-5 play.

Personally, Brock is the prospect that I am most excited about. I think he will be a key contributor on this team for years to come. As long as he steers clear of injuries and continues working hard, Brock Nelson should become a household name.

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