According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the New York Islanders have signed forward Brock Nelson, one of several key unrestricted free agents, to a six-year extension with an AAV of $6 million.
And now it’s done. #Isles sign Brock Nelson to a 6-year deal.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) May 23, 2019
Last year, the New York Islanders saw their franchise player and captain, John Tavares, take his talents north to Toronto. Surprisingly, that didn’t prevent the Isles from making a surprise run to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, heading into the offseason, the team faces the daunting task of retaining some of its key contributors as well as adding to a less-than-stellar offense.
Nelson tallied a career-best 53 points (25G, 28A) during the 2018-19 season, coming in third on the team behind Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzel. The Warroad, MN native broke into the league in 2014 after originally being selected 30th overall by the Isles during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
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With Nelson now in the fold for the foreseeable future, Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello can turn his attention to other key free agents like Jordan Eberle, Robin Lehner, and captain Anders Lee. Lee took over as the captain after the departure of Tavares last offseason. He finished just behind Nelson with 51 points this year. Lehner, of course, is a Vezina Trophy finalist and helped the Islanders win the William Jennings Trophy which is awarded to the team that allows the fewest goals on the season.