The New York Islanders have announced they have signed forward Frans Nielsen to a 4 year, $11M contract extension. The contract will carry a $2.75M cap hit. Nielsen was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The contract is a big increase for Nielsen as he had been making $525,000 a year for the past four seasons.
Resigning Nielsen before he hit the free agent market was a big move for the Islanders. Nielsen is young and very talented. He has progressed a lot since coming into the league. Last season, he set career highs in goals (13), assists (31), and points (44). Through 51 games this season, he is on pace to destroy his career high in goals and come close to matching his career high in points.
Nielsen isn’t just counted on for putting up numbers. He is a key component of the Islanders penalty-kill. Nielsen even led the league in short-handed goals last season. His hard work has paid off. Nielsen is also deadly in the shootout. In his career, Nielsen has scored in 19 of 33 shootout attempts for a 57.6%. That ranks the highest out of any player who has taken more than 20 attempts.
Former Islanders captain, Doug Weight, spoke highly of Nielsen. He said, “He’s our best all-around player even though his stats don’t necessarily show it”. This is impressive as the Islanders have a few young studs including John Tavares, Josh Bailey, and Kyle Okposo.
This young core the Islanders hold will develop into exponentially over the next few years. Resigning Nielsen was key as it keeps the core together while the Islanders strive to become a perennial Stanley Cup contender.
More to Come..
Follow me on Twitter for exclusive news & content!