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Islanders Brock Nelson Is Recognized by NHL for Big Week

Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson had himself one heck of a week and the NHL recognized that by giving him the league’s third star of the week.

This week, Brock Nelson put in a performance that was hard to ignore. From November 16 to November 23, the New York Islanders center scored five points. With four goals and an assist.

Two of his goals came in overtime to help secure a five-game winning streak for the Islanders. That production didn’t go unnoticed by the league. On Monday, the NHL named Brock Nelson as the third star of the week.

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Only two other players scored four goals over the past week; Edmonton Oilers phenom Connor McDavid and Florida Panthers Brett Connolly. Both players played four games this week, while Brock only played three.

Nelson’s two game-winning goals this week tie him with a number of elite level players like San Jose Sharks Logan Couture, Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point, Dallas Stars Jamie Benn, and Boston Bruins David Pasternak. He shares the lead for overtime goals in the week at two with Logan Couture.

Brock has been a totally different player since Barry Trotz arrived. Under the previous coaching regimes of Jack Capuano and Doug Weight, Brock was stagnated as a depth scorer on the Islanders third line. But immediately upon Trotz’s arrival, Brock was cast as the team’s second-line center, a role in which he flourished in.

He put up career numbers in 2018-19 with 53 points. It was a new Brock Nelson, one that was active and engaged from the start of Brocktober, through the middle of the NHL schedule and all the way into the playoffs.

And this year, he’s showing that wasn’t just for show (or a new $36 million contract). With 19 points in 21 games, Brock Nelson is on pace for 74 points over a full 82 game season.

Nelson’s third-star honor this week is well deserved. At the rate he’s going he’ll be in serious contention for team MVP at the end of the season.

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