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New York Islanders Daily: Brock Nelson Says It’s Time To Move On

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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New York Islanders forward says he wishes John Tavares the best, but it’s time to move on and focus on who is here.

There’s really no way to prepare for losing a player like John Tavares. Maybe a trade could’ve helped with the New York Islanders loss, but that’s a story for another day. The only thing you can do now is move forward.

Brock Nelson, who has now played five years in the league with the Islanders, says that all the Islanders can do is move forward.

"“We wish him the best, but things go on and we’ve got to pick ourselves back up.”"

One of the guys Nelson mentions as the new face of the team is Mathew Barzal. Barzy won the Calder in his rookie year, putting up 85 points and setting records for assists numbers that put him among the all-time greats for rookie seasons.

As for leadership roles, Brock has some ideas for that too. He cites Anders Lee, Josh Bailey and Thomas Hickey as potential leaders. Anders and Josh, we’ve heard brought up a lot, especially in the captain conversation.

Hickey’s a bit of a surprise here. He’s been around for a while now but I never thought of him as a leader in the locker room so it was an interesting choice by Brock.

Now, the team must focus on who they have and try to make an impact on the ice in 2018-2019 without Tavares.

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