The New York Islanders inked up Brock Nelson for six more years. Here’s how his contract compares to past contracts around the league in recent years.
Yesterday, the New York Islanders officially inked up Brock Nelson for six more years with an AAV of $6 million. After a career year of 53 points, Brock got paid and it’s easy to see why. This year, he was downright great.
Looking through CapFriendly’s comparable contracts tool I wanted to take a look and see who got a similar contract to Brock, and what their production looked like.
According to CapFriendly, the closest match is Mikael Backlund. Backlund signed his six-year deal with an AAV of $5.35 million in February of 2018. Like Brock, Backlund’s career high in points is 53 and in the year in which he signed his deal, he had a 45 point season.
Obviously, Brock Nelson’s AAV is a little bit higher but when you look at the two of their numbers it makes sense why Nelson has the edge. Backlund’s career high in goals is 22, Brock has eclipsed that mark twice in his career.
How about we look at Kyle Turris, who got exactly a six by six deal like Brock Nelson back in 2017. Turris was coming off a 55 point season, with two other seasons above 50 points (58 and 64) under his belt.
Keep in mind, this contract was signed two years ago so inflation is part of the reason why Brock was able to get similar AAV without putting up as good numbers. Since signing this deal at 28 years old, Turris hasn’t done much. He put up 51 points, 42 points, and 23 points (in 55 games).
The last one I want to look at is a more recent one, which helps explain the market. Jakob Silfverberg signed a five-year deal with an AAV of $5.25 million this past March. Silfverberg’s career high in points is 49 and his career high in goals is 24 (two less than Nelson).
With Brock being a year younger, coming off a better season, playing center vs Silfverberg on the wing, it makes sense why he got that extra year and a slightly higher AAV.
$6 million, with how inflation has gone, actually seems like fair value for Brock Nelson. If you told me he was going to get $6 million before this past season I would’ve said that’s probably a mistake. Now, not so much.
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