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Islanders Agree to Terms with Nelson

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that forward Brock Nelson has agreed to terms on an three-year contract.

Nelson, 23, scored 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 82 games last year in his second season with the Islanders. He ranked third on the team in goals during the regular season and tied for the Islanders lead in playoff goals, scoring twice in seven games during the Eastern Conference First Round series.

A native of Warroad, MN, Nelson has 68 points (34 goals, 34 assists) in 154 career National Hockey League games, all with the Islanders.

The Islanders selected Nelson in the first round, 30th overall at the 2010 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, dressing in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

In the American Hockey League, Nelson scored 53 points in 71 career games with the Islanders’ top affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 2012-13, Nelson scored 25 goals in 66 games to set the team rookie record for most goals. He also added 27 assists that season to finish first on the team in scoring with 52 points.

Internationally, Nelson has represented Team USA in each of the last two IIHF World Championships. In 2015, he helped lead his squad to a Bronze Medal by pacing the team with 10 points (six goals, four assists). His goal totals led the team and tied him for fourth overall in the tournament. At the 2014 tournament, Nelson scored five goals in eight games to finish second on the team. Nelson also won bronze with Team USA at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo.

Prior to his professional career, Nelson played two seasons from 2010-12 at the University of North Dakota, compiling 68 points (36 goals, 32 assists) in 84 games. He led North Dakota with 47 points (28 goals, 19 assists) in his sophomore season, leading the team to its second consecutive Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship. Playing at Warroad High School, Nelson was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey in 2010 after finishing the season with 73 points (39 goals, 34 assists) in 25 games.

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