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New York Islanders Winners and Losers: A Call For Sustainability

Nov 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Brock Nelson (29) controls the puck in the first period of the game against San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Brock Nelson (29) controls the puck in the first period of the game against San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Brock Nelson (29) controls the puck in the first period of the game against San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Brock Nelson (29) controls the puck in the first period of the game against San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

Winner: Brock Nelson

With three points and 13 shots on net in his last five games, Brock Nelson has been able to parlay that effort into a top line position.

He now finds himself playing alongside team captain John Tavares and Josh Bailey. It’s a nice place to be if your Brock Nelson.

For a while, he was centering the third and second line with random wingers at his side. Hard work and nice little shot pays off I suppose.

His 19 points on the season have him second on the team in scoring after the aforementioned John Tavares, thanks to 12 assists. It’s nice to see Nelson with more helpers then goals. It somehow feels like his game has evolved slightly.

No longer the puck hog looking for that breakaway opportunity by marauding at his own blueline. we’ll see how long it lasts for. But for the time being Brock Nelson is one of the few good things going for the Islanders.

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