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Islanders: Best producers for every month of an NHL season

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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Looking at the roster, what New York Islanders player has a standout Brock Nelson hyper-productive like month during an NHL season?

We know New York Islanders center Brock Nelson is the king of October. With 54 points in 71 games played, Nelson is wildly more productive in the first month of the season than he is the rest of the year.

With that production, Nelson scores at a 0.76 point-per-game pace in the first month of the season. His next highest production rate is 0.55 points-per-game in the month of November. Nelson has earned the Brocktober monicker.

So, with that in mind, who else has a Nelson-like month? Is there a player that’s hyper-productive in December or March? And if so what monicker should we use?

October

Best producer: Devon Toews
Production rate: 0.73 PPG
Possible name: Oc-Toew-Ber

Devon Toews, just like Brock Nelson starts off the year hot. His sample size is low, but the young defenseman has eight points over eleven career games in October.

His 0.73 points-per-game pace in October is unmatched through the rest of the season. He averages a 0.39 points-per-game pace through the rest of the season.

Honorable mention: Josh Bailey (0.66PPG)

November

Best producer: Mathew Barzal
Production rate: 1.03 PPG
Possible name: Barz-ember

Mathew Bazal typically starts off the season slowly. His October pace is 0.78 points-per-game, but with ten goals and 39 points in 38 games during the month of November, he jumps to life with a 1.03 point-per-game pace in the second month of the year.

Barzal typically floats around a 0.90 points-per-game pace on a month-by-month basis. So jumping to 1.03 in November is a big leap. Notably, Barzal falls back down to a 0.74 point-per-game pace in March.

Honorable mention: Nick Leddy (0.46 PPG)

December

Best producer: Anders Lee
Production rate: 0.70 PPG
Possible name: Lee-cember

Maybe the captain loves winter or maybe it’s Christmas, but when the calendar hits December Anders Lee hits a new level. With 36 goals and 58 points in 83 games during the month of December, Lee is at his most productive, particularly in front of the net.

In December, Lee scores a goal ever 0.43 games.

January

Best producer: Cal Clutterbuck
Production rate: 0.37 PPG
Possible name: Cal-uary

Just about everyone on the Islanders roster is operating close to average production rates by January. With the season at the halfway point, guys are in their groove. But for Cal Clutterbuck, he heats up as the calendar flips to the new year with a 0.37 PPG (he typically floats at 0.29PPG).

February

Best producer: Casey Cizikas
Production rate: 0.42 PPG
Possible name: Zeek-uary?

In February, Casey Cizikas 0.42 points-per-game with 18 goals and 35 points in 83 career games. His monthly average sits at 0.32PPG. There’s something about February that just brings out the best of Casey Cizikas.

Honorable mention: Derick Brassard (0.65PPG)

March

Best producer: Jean-Gabriel Pageau
Production rate: 0.51 PPG
Possible name: JG March-eau

He’s new to the mix, but in the month of March, Jean-Gabriel Pageau is at his best. With 20 goals and 21 helpers, Pageau’s 41 points in 80 games during the month of March, Pageau is at his best later in the year.

April

Best producer: Jordan Eberle
Production rate: 0.90 PPG
Possible name: April-eh

After a VERY slow 2018-19, Jordan Eberle turned his season around late in the year. In his final seven games of the 18-19 regular season, Eberle put up six points. Then in the playoffs, he put nine points in eight games. So, with that, it shouldn’t be surprising to see Eberle with a monthly high of 0.90 points-per-game in April.

Honorable mention: Anthony Beauvillier (0.64PPG)

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