ISLANDERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH NIELSEN ON FOUR-YEAR EXTENSION
/ New York Islanders
The New York Islanders announced today that Frans Nielsen has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension. Nielsen’s new deal extends through the 2015-16 season.
Nielsen, 27, has nine goals and 16 assists in 52 games this season. Last year, the Herning, DK, native posted career highs in goals (13), assists (31), points (44), plus-minus rating (+13) and short-handed goals (7). Nielsen co-led the team in plus-minus rating and ranked third on the Islanders in assists. His seven shorthanded markers led the National Hockey League.
“We’re thrilled that Frans has committed to the Islanders for the next four years,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “He has been a key part of our young core for the past six seasons and become one of the better two-way forwards in the league.”
The Islanders selected Nielsen in the third round, 87th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. In 289 career NHL games, all with the Islanders, Nielsen has scored 46 goals and 99 assists with a plus-7 rating. The 6’0, 184-pound center is 20-for-34 in career shootout attempts; his 58.8% success rate ranks first in NHL history among skaters that have more than 12 shootout attempts.