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.