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New York Islanders Five Questions For Five Players

TUGGERAH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Close up of the microphones and desk before the press conference on August 8, 2018 in Tuggerah, Australia. The Central Coast Mariners confirmed that 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the club, with the aim to develop the 'world's fasted man' into a professional footballer. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
TUGGERAH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Close up of the microphones and desk before the press conference on August 8, 2018 in Tuggerah, Australia. The Central Coast Mariners confirmed that 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the club, with the aim to develop the 'world's fasted man' into a professional footballer. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
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TAMPA, FL – APRIL 30: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders rest during a break in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 30, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Brock Nelson

Question: “What happens after October?”

It’s a tale of two seasons for Brock Nelson. In October Brock Nelson is almost unstoppable. But afterward, he’s almost completely invisible.

That’s not some sort of fan theory based on simply an eye test. The numbers back it up as well. Brock Nelson just doesn’t show up in the dog days of the NHL season.

In October Brock Nelson is on a 60 point pace, but as soon as the calendar flips to November he turns into a ~35 point player. What happens after Halloween?

Why It’s an Important Question

Brock Nelson is a pending unrestricted free agent. And this season, unlike the rest of his career Brock Nelson has put up points outside of October. Through 13 games in November of 2018, he scored eleven points.

Was it an issue of coaching? Now that Barry Trotz is here Brock Nelson has become a better player? Or is Brock motivated by the possibility of a big payout in July?

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If its the latter let him walk and have another team get frustrated when he disappears in November of 2019. If it’s the former then sign him, cause Barry Trotz isn’t going anywhere for a few years.

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