New York Islanders: Brock Nelson Dominating in Da Beauty League
By Matt O'Leary
Brock Nelson, who is waiting for a new contract with the New York Islanders, is currently dominating in Da Beauty League once again.
Another year has gone by where Brock Nelson decides to turn it on over the summer. It seems like every year the guy is somehow able to score in bunches in Da Beauty League or playing for team USA over the years. For some reason, he just isn’t able to put it together for the New York Islanders consistently.
This goes back to 2014, for Brock’s first World Championship tournament. He had five goals and seven points in eight games playing for Team USA. In 24 games since then, playing in that tournament he has 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists).
Now, in 2018, playing over the summer once again, Brock is putting on a show in Da Beauty League.
In two games, Brock has eight points (five goals and three assists) trailing only Brock Boeser by a point for the lead in the league.
What is it about the summer that makes Brock play better. On the podcast, the running joke is that during the winter months Brock has a Vitamin D deficiency which is why he looks so sluggish on the ice from December through February.
If the hockey season was from March to September Brock Nelson might be a point per game player in the NHL. All the guy does is put up points in all these tournaments. I get that it isn’t the same competition but he can’t even have it translate a little bit?
He’s a career .97 points per game player in the world championships, but a .47 points per game player in the NHL. It will never add up to me.
Maybe, with a new coach and a new system he’s able to come around. Especially if he goes back to playing wing, but I’m still not sold on Brock as a player you want to keep around for the long-term.
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Lou Lamoriello is a smart man unless he convinces Brock that it’s summer year round, I think we’ll see Brock drop back down to his 40 point self when it’s time to put the Islanders sweater on.