In the New York Islanders loss on Saturday, forward Brock Nelson netted his 100th career goal. A benchmark worth noting.
When the New York Islanders selected Brock Nelson at the back of the first round in the 2010 NHL Draft the thought was that they were getting a goal-scoring forward who can play either center or wing.
Many thought he’d be gone when the Islanders were able to snag him with the 30th overall pick, a year in which they also selected Nino Niederreiter fifth overall.
Brock has been consistently inconsistent over the first six years of his career. That’s why fans of the Islanders are frustrated with him as he’s never gotten over the hump nor has he put together a full 82 game effort.
Over the weekend, Brock Nelson netted his 100th career goal, which should be mentioned and celebrated. Nelson is the 11th player from his draft to crack the 100 goal plateau.
Here’s what Brock had to say after the milestone goal:
"“I think maybe later on you look back and think more positive of it. Obviously, it’s tough to lose.”"
Good answer from Brock, as the Lou Lamoriello school of dealing with the media, is paying off. It took Brock 402 games to net 100 goals, which is a pace of 20 goals per season over the course of his career which is the perfect benchmark for Brock who seemingly always squeaks out 20 goals by the end of the season.
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