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New York Islanders: Brock Nelson Expectations For 2018-2019

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders skates against the Washington Capitals at the Barclays Center on September 28, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders skates against the Washington Capitals at the Barclays Center on September 28, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Coming off his worst season in years, what can you expect from New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson heading into the 2018-2019 season.

Brock Nelson is one of the harder New York Islanders to pin down. On paper, you can pencil him in for roughly 20 goals and 40 points every year yet he is one of the more loathed Islanders on the roster.

The biggest reason for the Brock hatred is for his lack of consistency. On the podcast, we often joke that Nelson struggles with a Vitamin D deficiency during the winter months and that’s why he goes dormant from December to February.

Of the 19 goals, Brock scored last year 11 came in October, November, and March. Someone with his wrist shot should be able to finish a season with closer to 25 goals and 50 points. But Brock Nelson has never gotten over the hump.

This year he looks like the front-runner for the second line center job, even though we discussed ad nauseam that Brock is a better winger than center.

If he does play on the second line he’ll likely get a chance to play between Anders Lee and Josh Bailey, two guys coming off career years. On paper, you would think they elevate his point production but for now one can’t assume anything with him.

This offseason the Islanders had the opportunity to sign him long-term but elected for a one-year $4.25 million deal. I can’t blame Lou Lamoriello for a second for not giving him a long-term deal.

The Prediction

With a contract on the line, I think Brock tries a little extra this year. He should be “back to normal” this year after only 35 points this past year.

22 goals, 20 assists (42 points)

These are the Brock Nelson numbers we’ve come to expect and I think if he plays all 82 games he should be somewhere in this range production wise. Some chump will give him a multi-year deal at $5 million, I just hope it’s not Lou.

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Nelson has proved time and time again that he’s not a building block going forward. Flip him while he has value and let him be someone else’s headache.

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