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New York Islanders Brock Nelson 2017-2018 Player Grade

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Evgenii Dadonov #63 of the Florida Panthers skates with the puck against Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders in the second period during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Evgenii Dadonov #63 of the Florida Panthers skates with the puck against Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders in the second period during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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It was another frustrating year of watching Brock Nelson play for the New York Islanders. It even had an infamous goalless streak.

2017-2018 was Brock Nelson’s fifth year in the league and fifth year with the New York Islanders. The former first-round pick from the 2010 draft hasn’t taken any strides in development after his second year in the league when he made the jump to a 20 goal, 40 point player.

Nelson is like the sun rising, you can pencil him in for 40 points and 20 goals some way, somehow despite weeks of a disappearing act throughout the season.

It didn’t help that this year was Nelson’s worst year since his rookie year in 2013-2014. It actually started decently for Brock.

He was playing with Josh Ho-Sang to start the year and Nelson found himself with eight points in the first 11 games of the season. Even though that’s a 59 point pace over a full season, everyone knew Brock would eventually fall back to earth. He’s a streaky player, that’s what he does.

Everyone would be correct in this instance yet again. From December to January Brock Nelson went 17 games in a row without a goal. 17!

How can a player who annually gives you 20 goals a year go 55 periods without a goal?

The highlight of the season for Brock Nelson was his hattrick against Detroit on February 9, in arguably the Islanders most exciting win of the season.

The finally tally on the season for Brock would be 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists). The third line centered by Nelson was one of the Islanders’ biggest weakness this past year. With his struggles to produce offensively, it’s tough to give Brock a positive grade.

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His game has run old and as an RFA this offseason, many expect him to be moved before next season starts. Brock Nelson earned a D- getting a passing grade by the skin of his teeth. Hopefully, another GM see’s potential here and is willing to take a chance on him.

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