Brock Nelson isn’t exactly a player that on his own can return something the Islanders need. But he’s the player that’s clearly surplus to requirements and is movable.
Andrew Ladd is certainly surplus, but with a no-move clause, he isn’t going to be going anywhere anytime soon. (PS: The Isles still have Ladd on the books for $5.5 million a year for the next five – FIVE!- seasons.)
With Keiffer Bellows making his way up the Islanders depth chart and maybe even Josh Ho-Sang potentially ready for a roster spot in 2018-19, some room must be made. And if anyone is expendable its Brock Nelson.
Yes, he puts up 20ish goals a year almost guaranteed. But the guy is absolutely absent from December through February. That’s three months with virtually no production what-so-ever. Every year.
Maybe going to a location with a bit more sun might do Brock Nelson some good. But it’s clear that on Long Island it’s not working as well as it should.
Brock Nelson could be a good player. He’s got one heck of a release. Given the time and space, Brock Nelson could be a 30 goal scorer. But he shouldn’t be a focal point for a line. As in he shouldn’t be playing center. Brock is the trigger man, the poacher. He shouldn’t be the driver. Cause that absolutely doesn’t work.
He’s worth something to someone, and he’s the perfect type of roster player to put in a package.