Brock Nelson
Brock Nelson
29-Year-Old CenterC
New York Islanders
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Few wingers have been as consistent from year to year as Nelson. He produced 18 goals and 33 points in 56 games last season, narrowly missing out on a sixth 20-goal campaign in the last seven years. The only time he didn't hit that mark was 2017-18, when he scored 19 times. Nelson's value is enhanced by his durability; he played in 80-plus games for five straight seasons from 2014-15 to 2018-19 and in all 56 contests last year. Fantasy managers seeking a surefire 20 goals and 50 points would be wise to target the 29-year-old Nelson in the middle rounds of drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Islanders in May of 2019.
Strikes with man advantage
CNew York Islanders
June 15, 2021
Nelson scored a power-play goal on his lone shot and went 8-3 (72.7 percent) on faceoffs in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2.
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An errant centering pass bounced off a Tampa Bay skate right to Nelson in the slot, who deposited it with 6:30 left in the first period to tie the game at 1-1. It was the first power-play tally of the postseason for Nelson, who has found the back of the net four times in the last three tilts. He has seven goals in 14 games overall, tying him with Kyle Palmieri for the team lead.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:50
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:07
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
17:58
2:24
0:48
2019–20
18:52
2:02
1:35
2020–21
17:50
2:07
1:00
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Nelson had a fantastic year by his standards in 2019-20, tying his career highs in goals (26) and assists (28) despite appearing in just 68 games due to the NHL's shortened regular season. The 29-year-old American will continue to center the Islanders' second line while seeing ample usage on his team's second power-play unit in 2020-21, but despite his performance last season, he shouldn't be expected to produce more than 25 goals and 55 points over the course of a full campaign. His consistency and complete lack of injury concerns will make Nelson a rock-solid pickup in the mid-to-late rounds of this year's fantasy drafts, but his relative lack of scoring upside will keep him from creeping into the earlier rounds on draft day.
Centering the Islanders' second line, Nelson recorded 25 goals and posted a career-best in points (53), assists (28) and plus-minus (plus-20) in 2018-19. With 25 goals, he was also only one shy of his high-water mark in that category. The last time Nelson reached the 25-goal mark, he needed a career-high 15.8 shooting percentage to do it, but he accomplished that feat last season with a shooting percentage a full 2.0 percent lower than that. Actually, Nelson posted a 13.8 shooting percentage for a second straight campaign last year, but he potted six more goals thanks to an increase of 43 shots on net. Additionally, Nelson played almost 18 minutes per game last season, which was also the most of his career. Those analytics combined with the return of his linemates, Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle, give Nelson a chance at repeating his career season in 2019-20.
With 19 goals and 35 points, Nelson just missed recording his fourth straight 20-goal and 40-point season, but there are too many negative signs to assume he'll be a 20/40 player in 2018-19. While the American center did record a higher-than-average shooting percentage (13.8), his shot total (138) dropped considerably. Part of the decline can be attributed to less ice time and fewer minutes with John Tavares, who had been the face of the franchise. Now that Tavares is gone -- he signed a seven-year deal with Toronto -- Nelson will be asked to center the second line. More talented wingers and a positive spike in ice time sit atop his growing list of needs, but if Nelson's shooting percentage drops back to his career norm, then even 19 goals might be a stretch for the 26-year-old. Consider drafting him as a No. 3 fantasy center in standard formats.
Nelson more or less treaded water for fantasy purposes in 2016-17 -- while he did set new career highs with 25 assists and 45 points, he saw his goal total decline by six (to 20) from the previous campaign and again finished with a negative rating (minus-6) while contributing only modestly on the man advantage (six points). There's certainly fantasy value to be found in a guy who's reached 20 goals for three straight seasons, but Nelson needs a breakout in his age-25 campaign to justify ownership in shallower formats and avoid the reputation of a guy who’s plateaued. A first-round pick in 2010, the University of North Dakota product has certainly flashed the potential for more, though he may have a hard time increasing his production unless one of the Isles’ promising young forwards can break out alongside him on the second line.
Last season included another six-goal spike for the third-year center as Nelson tickled the twine 26 times, besting his previous marks of 20 and 14, respectively. Though there isn’t much doubt that the 6-foot-3 center can light the lamp with the best of them, he doesn’t have the prototypical playmaking abilities we’ve come to expect for a guy making his living up the middle, which was somewhat evident in his drop from 22 to 14 assists last season. Playing mostly on a line with Josh Bailey, who is a center-turned-winger with more of a knack for dishing, Nelson often finds the puck on his stick in prime scoring areas. Also, look for Nelson to improve his play on the road and improve his consistency this season, as 18 of his 26 goals came at home in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.
Nelson played a major role in the Islanders’ early-season success, and despite cooling down after the first couple of months, he remained an integral depth piece on the team’s offense. The forward put himself on the fantasy radar with a strong October, and had entered the beginning of January with 14 goals on his ledger. However, Nelson would finish with only six tallies the rest of the way, even though he skated in every contest for the Islanders. Part of the blame for the second-half swoon can be attributed to moving off John Tavares’ line, where No. 91’s linemates are often the beneficiary of the attention he requires. Despite being a natural centerman, Nelson could get another chance to play alongside Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the team’s top line during the upcoming season, which would be a huge boon to the 23-year-old's fantasy value and make him a candidate to once again reach the 20-goal plateau.
Nelson finished his first NHL season with 14 goals and 26 points in 70 games while seeing most of his action on the third or fourth line. Could he handle a bigger load? Probably, but the Isles are loaded with young centers, and the presence of John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski on the top two lines hinders his chances of a promotion. If the Islanders end up transitioning him to a spot on the wing alongside either Tavares or Grabovski, however, Nelson could end up netting some nice value relative to his draft position. He certainly has talent and is a useful player for the Islanders, but his fantasy prospects will likely hinge on him making a successful move to the outside.
Nelson made his debut with the Islanders during their playoff loss to the Penguins. He will compete for a bottom-six forward position in training camp but will probably begin the season with Bridgeport of the AHL as the Islanders don't have many openings on their NHL roster.
Nelson will begin his pro career this year, more than likely at the AHL level after signing an entry-level deal with the Isles upon completing his sophomore season at the University of North Dakota. He is a power forward who posted 28 goals and 47 points in 42 games for the Fighting Sioux last year, but still needs quite a bit of seasoning before he is ready to play in the NHL.
In Nelson's first season at the University of North Dakota, he had eight goals and 13 assists in 42 games, not exactly the big time numbers you want to see out of a power forward. He will play at least one more season in college before signing his pro contract.
The Islanders traded up to grab Nelson with the 30th pick in the 2010 draft. Nelson projects as a power forward in the NHL who skates well and has a hard shot, but he still is only 18 years of age and may very well be a couple of seasons away from making his NHL debut.
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Steps up in series clincher
CNew York Islanders
June 9, 2021
Nelson scored a pair of goals on four shots Wednesday in a 6-2 victory over the Bruins in Game 6.
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Provides key third-period goal
CNew York Islanders
June 7, 2021
Nelson scored a goal on two shots Monday in a 5-4 win over the Bruins in Game 5.
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Contributes assist Monday
CNew York Islanders
May 31, 2021
Nelson notched a power-play assist and four hits in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins in Game 2.
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Stars in Game 6 clincher
CNew York Islanders
May 26, 2021
Nelson scored twice and added an assist Wednesday in a 5-3 win over Pittsburgh in Game 6. He finished with four shots and three hits.
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Nabs key third-period goal
CNew York Islanders
May 16, 2021
Nelson scored a goal on two shots and dished out four hits in a 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh in Game 1 on Sunday.
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