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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Sometimes in hockey it appears there's just a "poof" moment when it all falls magically into place.
At least that's how it must appear to fans when it comes to a guy such as Brock Nelson.
New York Islanders fans certainly know Nelson now, and if the early returns from the 2014-15 season are any indication, it won't be long before lots of hockey fans hear the name and nod their heads appreciatively.
Two games into the season, Nelson has six points on three goals and three assists and is tied with a guy named Sidney Crosby for the league lead in point production.
It's not like head coach Jack Capuano rubbed an old lamp he found in his office at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and a big, talented center appeared out of the smoke, though frankly, that's a better -- or at least more evocative -- story.
Yesterday, Hockey’s Future named Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Strome to the top of the NY Islanders prospect list. Nino and Strome are very talented forward prospects and, barring some unforeseen circumstance, will be bright spots among the other young, talented forwards on the Islanders for many, many years to come. As stated many times on this blog, I fully expect Nino to make the team out of training camp. I expect Strome to be with the Islanders full-time at the start of the 2012-2013 season.
Anders Lee-Notre Dame-Sophomore, Center, 6’3”, 218. Lee is a sophomore center who is waiting in the wings for the Isles. Lee is much bigger and stronger than Brock Nelson at this point in their careers. Lee is very physical for a young forward and likes to mix it up a little when he feels it necessary. Lee was drafted in the 6th round, 152nd overall by the Islanders in the 2009 entry draft. Like Brock Nelson the year after, Lee was a 2009 finalist for Mr. Hockey in Minnesota. Lee is a tremendous athlete who played hockey, football, and baseball in high school. Lee had an outstanding freshman season at Notre Dame and only hopes to improve upon his point-per-game pace from last season. In his freshman season, Lee scored 44 points in 44 games played-24G and 20A. Lee was also a +19 with six power play goals and 10 blocked shots to his credit.