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New York Islanders 3 Things Learned in First Half of 2018-19

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01: Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 01, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders were playing in their first regular season game since April of 2015 when the team moved their home games to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Islanders defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01: Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 01, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders were playing in their first regular season game since April of 2015 when the team moved their home games to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Islanders defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 28: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders skates against the Washington Capitals at the Barclays Center on September 28, 2015 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Brock Nelson: Quality Breeds Quality

I keep bringing up Barry Trotz, and for good reason, he (along with Lou Lamoriello) deserve the lions share of the credit for the Islanders season. Sure the players play, but the coaching and management staff has set up these players to succeed.

No player has been a more obvious example of that than Brock Nelson.

The Islanders first round pick in 2010, Brock Nelson has been a frustrating figure for the New York Islanders. He possesses a superb shot both accurate and powerful. He’s got a big body standing 6’3″ and 212lbs. He has all of the attributes to be an impact player at the NHL level. If only he applied it consistently.

For years Brock Nelson would routinely disappear after the first month of the season. Leaving fans, coaching, and management scratching their heads.

Until Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello arrived.

With the departure of John Tavares, there was an opening in the New York Islanders center depth chart. Barry and Lou say Brock Nelson as the player to fill the void. They showed him faith and Brock Nelson is repaying that faith.

Through 49 games Brock Nelson already has 31 points on the season, putting him on pace for 52 points on the season. More than just producing points Brock Nelson is engaged and contributing every single night.

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Brock Nelson has become the player the Islanders were hoping to get when they drafted him 30th overall in 2010. It just took a quality coach in Barry Trotz to have a little faith to bring out that quality in Brock Nelson.

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