Photo: NY Post
The New York Islanders announced on Thursday that they have re-signed center Brock Nelson to a six-year contract worth $36 million ($6 million AAV). The 27-year old could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His $6 million cap hit is tied with defenseman Johnny Boychuk for the highest on the Islanders.
Nelson’s 25 goals this past season were second on the Islanders behind forward Anders Lee while his 28 assists and 53 points ranked third, respectively. His +20 rating also placed fourth on the Islanders. He posted four points (all goals) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Islanders.
With Nelson under contract, the Islanders will return their top two centers from the 2018-19 season, when they finished a point behind the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
Lee, forward Jordan Eberle, center Valteri Filpulla, forward Tom Kuhnackl, and goaltender Robin Lehner can all become unrestricted free agents on July 1 while forward Anthony Beauvillier will be their top priority among restricted free agents. They currently have $29,203,334 remaining in cap space.
From The Islanders
The New York Islanders announced today that forward Brock Nelson has agreed to terms on a six-year contract.
Nelson, 27, had a career year this past season with 53 points (25 goals and 28 assists) and also posted a single season best, +20 rating. This was the second straight season, and third time in his six-year pro career, that Nelson has played in all 82 regular season games. A native of Warroad, MN, Nelson has 241 career points (124 goals, 117 assists) in 480 National Hockey League games, all with the Islanders. The team selected Nelson in the first round (30th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft.
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 franchise rookie record for most goals in a season. He also added 27 assists that year to finish first on the Sound Tigers in scoring with 52 points.
Internationally, Nelson has represented Team USA at four IIHF World Championships, scoring 28 points (16 goals and 12 assists) in 32 games. In 2015, he helped USA to a bronze medal by leading the team in scoring 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 (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) his second season, and helped the University to its second consecutive Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship. Nelson attended Warroad High School, and was a finalist for Minnesota’s Mr. Hockey in 2010 after finishing the season with 73 points (39 goals, 34 assists) in 25 games.
By Harrison Brown