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New York Islanders: Top 3 Players To Show Improvement

By Matt O'Leary
Nov 12, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) makes a save off a shot by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) makes a save off a shot by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 12, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) makes a save off a shot by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) in the third period of the game at Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Brock Nelson

Like the other two, it was a weird season for Brock Nelson. The 40 points was just a two point decrease from the previous year and the 26 goals was a six goal increase from last year. The problem for Nelson was the lack of consistency.

That seemed to be the tale of the 2015-2016 Islanders team, inconsistency. To be fair Nelson was asked to do too much. At times he centered his own line and at others he was wing to John Tavares.

I can see Brock Nelson flirting with 30 goals next year. He will have much more responsibility anchoring the Islanders second line. He could be next to potentially P.A. Parenteau, Shane Prince, Anders Lee or whoever else you want to throw in the mix.

Nelson has talent, we’ve seen it the last few years. It’s a big question mark but if Nelson can find consistency in his game that could significantly help the loss of Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen.

For the first time in a while the Islanders went out and spent money in free agency. They aren’t necessarily relying on the youth to carry the team. I actually still think that Garth Snow has to make a trade in order to really improve this team.

Although if these three guys are able to improve their game it would do wonders for the Islanders. These guys won’t have the pressure of having to play on the top line. Two of the three might end up on the third line even, that said with less pressure and another year under the belt it’s certainly possible for these guys to take a big step in their development.

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