New York Islanders 2010 NHL Draft: Where Are They Now
Brock Nelson | Round 1, 30th overall
By moving two second round picks Garth Snow was able to move back into the first round of the draft. The Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks were the willing participant taking the Isles pick and the Sharks second round pick for their last pick in the draft. Snow used it on Brock Nelson.
For years Brock proved to be a hot-button topic with fans. When Brock was on he could be the best player on the ice. Unfortunately Brock was off more than he was on. Every season through the months of November and March Brock Nelson was regularly absent. He was physically on the ice and present, but you could swear that he wasn’t.
Somehow he’d still find a way to score 20 goals and about 45 points. Again, he wasn’t doing much from November to March. That’s five months out of the seven month hockey season gone. There was potential there with Brock, everyone saw it, but for some reason it wasn’t manifesting itself on the ice.
And then Barry Trotz rode into town and things changed drastically for Brock Nelson. Through 46 games Brock has scored 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists), putting him on pace for 55 points this season. His career high is 45 points.
Not only is he scoring though, but Brock Nelson is frequently one of the New York Islanders strongest players on the ice. He’s playing a full 200 game and looks like a totally different player. It’s a remarkable transformation from fringe player to one of the teams most valuable.