The Top 5 NY Islanders Born In the USA

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Brock Nelson
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3. Brock Nelson (Warroad, MN)

After trading up for the final pick of the first round at the 2010 NHL Draft, the Islanders selected Nelson after registering a staggering 73 points in 25 games as a senior at Warroad High School.

Nelson played two seasons at the University of North Dakota before joining the Sound Tigers full-time in 2012-13. After one season in the AHL, he became a stalwart in the Islanders lineup and has been so ever since.

Frustrating at times, Nelson was incredibly inconsistent during his first eight seasons with the Islanders but has managed to find another gear the past two once he turned 30. His 37 goals in 2021-22 were a career-high before he potted 39 last season, finishing with 75 points.

He's been a critical piece to the Islanders' forward group and has become one of the top second-line centers throughout the league.