If you picked Brock Nelson to open post-season scoring in the NHL, you probably just won a ton of money — because the Islanders forward certainly wasn’t the attractive pick around the league.
Although two simultaneous games opened up the 2015 post-season — the Washington Capitals hosted the first puck drop against the New York Islanders, while the Montreal Canadiens are playing house at the Bell Centre for the underdog-favorite Ottawa Senators — it took nearly fifteen minutes of combined play for either team to see the puck find the back of the net.
GIF: Brock Nelson goal pic.twitter.com/TsGw5tCej4
— Stephanie Vail (@myregularface) April 15, 2015
Nelson, 23, is currently pushing his way into relevance for the newly relevant Islanders — and the 23-year old Manitoba native netted the opening 2015 post-season goal to start off his own playoff scoring career, as well. One scoreless post-season appearance for Nelson in the 2012-2013 playoff campaign means that his goal comes in his second career NHL playoff game, although it’s nearly two full years after he first debuted following a regular season.
Drafted in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with the final opening round pick, Nelson — a tall, confident center — is making a strong case for continued dominance as a member of New York’s top six. If he can maintain his solid special teams numbers for the franchise, as well, he could make a case for joining Anders Lee in the next wave of strong Islanders forwards.