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New York Islanders Five Christmas Gifts To Give To Five Players

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 01: Mike Hoffman
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 01: Mike Hoffman /

Brock Nelson: Every Game is Against The Rangers…In October

Much like Jason Chimera, Brock Nelson isn’t going anywhere. At least not just yet. He’s trade bait for sure, but being an RFA at the end of the season the New York Islanders are in no rush to trade him just yet.

So he stays. Even though he’s on pace for a sub 40 point season for the first time in four years. Even though he seems to be more lethargic than last year. Even though he can’t seem to get out of neutral. He stays. Unless the Isles get an offer they can’t refuse. Which I doubt happens.

So, again, he stays. What I give Brock Nelson is incredibly specific. I wish that Brock thought every day was October, and that every opponent was the New York Rangers.

Why? Because he’s the most productive in October and has scored the most versus the Rangers.

Outside of his 37 points in the month of October, his 29 in November are the second best. That’s quite the drop off for Brock. Month over month Brock’s points totals drop. It’s almost like the longer the season goes, the less interested he is.

And with eleven points in 19 games, the New York Rangers are Brock’s favourite opposition.

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Rivalry nights right at the start of the season are what Brock Nelson needs to get going. So every day is rivalry night in October for Brock. Then, and maybe then, Brock can be more than a 40 point player.

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