Hitting a number of big career milestones will be the key to New York Islanders center Brock Nelson’s success this season.
After writing my piece on Pulock, it took me about two hours to figure out who I was going to write about next. I was very determined to put a piece together on my concerns of New York Islanders Brock Nelson as their second line Center/Centre (whatever makes you happy).
But since he went 15 for 19 on face-offs’ Wednesday night and was backchecking like his job depended on it, he gets a pass…. for now at least. Instead let’s talk about what is expected from him when he is not disappearing on the ice.
More importantly, let’s discuss how Brock Nelson can stay engaged in those difficult midseason months. It’s all about career milestones.
PROVE EVERYBODY WRONG!
With the $4.25 million show me contract Lou Lamoriello gave Nelson for this year, comes a now or never season for Brock to help compliment the “Prove everybody wrong” movement the Isles are feeding off of.
Brock not only has to prove to everyone including himself that he is worth a long-term deal, but he has to prove it while playing top-six minutes. He must show stability in his game and not ghost out between November and February like he’s done countless times before.
Nelson must show that his game is way more than a filthy wrist shot. He needs to structure himself into playing a full 200 ft. game, win faceoffs and have some faith in himself.
Fortunately, besides a big payday coming his way, the 26-year-old Centerman has some big milestones he is more than likely going to achieve sooner rather than later.
With Big Milestones Comes Big Responsibility… Right??
Nelson is just two games away from 400 NHL games, eleven assists away from 100 assists, twelve points away from 200 points and just one goal away from recording the 100th of his career.
Let’s hope he completes these milestones as soon as possible.
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Brock can both keep himself from entering that midseasons fund and find huge confidence in himself by knocking these milestones out. The more confidence Brock has, the better off we all are.