With what the New York Islanders have been able to achieve this year, there have been no shortage of contributors. When you look at their roster, they’re not an overly impressive team on paper. The fact that they’re very likely playoff bound is pretty indicative of how solid they’ve had to be, top to bottom.
One player who has come on recently for the Islanders in the playoff race has been Frans Nielsen. He’s joined the likes of John Tavares and Matt Moulson as a consistent offensive threat for New York. While he hasn’t exactly been of their caliber, he’s been extremely impressive lately.
If this were a full 82-game season, Nielsen would likely be challenging his previous career highs as far as his numbers are concerned, at least from a points perspective. Coming off of the best year of his career, in which he notched 17 goals and 30 assists, Nielsen continues to be a consistent presence in the lineup.
This season, he has 24 points in 42 games this year. That leaves him third on the club in total points. He’s third in assists, as he excels in the playmaking department. He has 20 assists on the year. While some more in the goal department would be nice, there’s no doubt his apples have been big for the Islanders this year.
Nielsen has succeeded particularly of late. After struggling a bit through February, he hasn’t gone through more than two games in March or April without putting up at least a point. He has a three and four-game point streak and a couple of multi-point games over that span.
Nielsen isn’t the marquee player of a Tavares or a Moulson, or maybe even of a Brad Boyes, but he’s been important for the Islanders this year. He’ll be one of their keys up front as this team gets ready to head into the postseason for the first time in quite a few years.