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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders reacts during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders reacts during the third period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Brock Nelson

Brock Nelson

Saying it’s been a rough year for Brock Nelson would be putting it lightly. As frustrating as Brock Nelson can be as a player, we know we can usually pencil him in for 20 goals and 40 points. That’s far from the case this year.

So far this year, through 50 games, Brock has just 17 points on the season (10 goals, 7 assists). That puts him on a pace of 28 points over the course of a full 82 game season.

A 16 goal, 12 assist season (what he’s on pace for) would be a dramatic step back for Nelson. Each of the previous three years he’s had over 40 points and 20 goals.

Brock went into the All-Star break with just one goal in his last 20 games. Nelson needs a step away from the game. He’s been invisible for a majority of the season, excluding the first 10 games of the year when he played with Josh Ho-Sang.

The Islanders third line has been a severe problem for them this year, mostly in part to the lackluster play of Nelson. Just look at what happened to Anthony Beauvillier when he was finally promoted up to the second line.

Doug Weight has to get Brock Nelson going in the second half down the stretch here. Maybe when Andrew Ladd becomes healthy you can stick him with Nelson and hope he pries some offense out of him.

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