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51 Frans Nielsen C
Height/Weight: 6-1/180 | Birthdate: 4/24/1984 | Birthplace: Herning, Denmark | Team: New York Islanders | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 50/24 | Average Draft Position: 198.98
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4/30/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Bothered By Ankle Injury

News: Frans Nielsen played through a high-ankle sprain during the latter portion of the season, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen initially suffered the injury in February, then played through the issue until he aggravated it again in early April. While he didn't miss any significant time because of the sprain and suited up for all seven of the Isles' postseason games, he's still bothered by the injury and will be unable to play for Denmark during May's IIHF World Championships as a result. A few weeks of rest should be all he needs to get ready for training camp.

4/27/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Scores Lone Goal In Loss

News: Frans Nielsen scored the team's only goal in Monday's Game 7 loss to the Capitals.
Analysis: The team mustered just 11 shots on goal Monday, but Frans Nielsen provided two of them as he wrapped up his playoffs with two points. The center will enter the 2015-16 season in the final year of his contract as he figures to resume his role as a top-six forward, centering the team's second line.

4/15/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen (Undisclosed) Taking Warmups

News: Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) is taking pregame rushes prior to Wednesday's matchup against the Capitals, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen had missed three straight games due to an undisclosed ailment, but looks to be ready to go for the opening round of the playoffs. He projects to skate on the Isles' second line.

4/13/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Returns To Practice

News: Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen has been battling a lower-body injury for the past few weeks, but is expected to be ready to go for Wednesday's playoff opener versus the Caps. His role could be a vital one, as he will center the second line, a trio that may have to produce more offense than usual if the Capitals decide to throw their top defenders at John Tavares' unit.

4/10/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Out Friday

News: Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) will not play Friday against the Penguins, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Though Frans Nielsen joined the Islanders for the trip to Pittsburgh and was on the ice for the team's optional skate, he'll be given an additional day off in order to recover from the injury. All indications seem to be that the ailment is a minor one, so it remains possible that Nielsen will be cleared to return to the lineup for Saturday's season finale against the Blue Jackets. Tyler Kennedy will replace Nielsen on Friday.

4/10/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Could Play Friday

News: Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) is with the Islanders in Pittsburgh and could play Friday.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen has been bothered by a lower-body injury for a few weeks, and his availability for the game Friday will probably be determined during the team's morning skate. The Islanders were able to clinch a playoff spot Thursday and could decide to play it safe and hold Nielsen out until Saturday's game back on Long Island.

4/9/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Unlikely To Play Friday

News: Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) wasn't a participant during Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen didn't travel with the Islanders to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game, and based on the practice lines Thursday, it appears he didn't join the team in Pittsburgh either. With Nielsen poised to sit out Friday against the Penguins, his last chance at playing before the regular season draws to a close will come during Saturday's home date versus the Blue Jackets.

4/7/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles Drop Nielsen From Lineup Tuesday

News: Frans Nielsen is nursing a minor injury and will not be available for Tuesday's game against the Flyers.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen didn't make the trip to Philadelphia after likely suffering the injury over the past weekend against the Sabres. Nielsen, who has posted 14 goals and 43 points in 78 games, will give way to Michael Grabner on Tuesday.

4/2/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Back In Thursday

News: Frans Nielsen (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen was forced to leave Wednesday's practice with the injury, but he appeared to be fine after rejoining the team for on-ice work Thursday morning. Look for him to play his usual 15-to-18 minutes on the Isles' second line, where he's projected to center Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo.

4/1/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen Exits Practice Early

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Exits Practice Early

News: Frans Nielsen (unspecified issue) left the ice midway through Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: At this stage, coach Jack Capuano has not confirmed whether Frans Nielsen will play in Thursday's game against Columbus, but it doesn't sound as though the forward has suffered much of an injury setback. "He's been taking some maintenance days, so today's no different," Capuano noted Wednesday. "We've given him some time to rest and heal and we've had him, so we'll talk to our trainers and see where we're at."

3/13/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Out Of Lineup Friday

News: Frans Nielsen will be out of the lineup Friday's game against the Senators, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Coach Jack Capuano is calling Nielsen's absence a "maintenance day." "He hasn't skated since Tuesday. He'll be back in here shortly," Capuano said. "But to me, just want to make sure we rest him appropriately. Today's a good time with back to back games."
Analysis: After seeing a three-game scoring streak come to an end in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers, Frans Nielsen will head to the press box, clearing the way for Michael Grabner to join the lineup. Look for Nielsen to return to action Saturday against the Canadiens, when the Islanders will be playing the second half of a back-to-back set.

3/10/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen Has Three-Game Point Streak

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Has Three-Game Point Streak

News: After tallying a power-play goal in Monday's win over the Maple Leafs, Frans Nielsen is riding a three-game point streak.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen has fared well in a complementary role for the Isles this season, generating 12 goals, 39 points, and a plus-10 rating over 68 games. Unless John Tavares suffers a long-term injury, Nielsen isn't likely to see his value climb much higher than it already is, but his current level of production still has its usefulness in mid-sized or deeper formats.

2/24/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Good To Go Tuesday

News: Frans Nielsen (ankle) will play Tuesday versus the Coyotes, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen took part in the morning skate and didn't report any problems so he got the green light to play. He will likely center the second line.

2/24/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen On The Ice For Morning Skate

News: Frans Nielsen (ankle) is taking part in the Islanders morning skate Tuesday, according to the Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: While taking part in the morning skate is obviously an encouraging sign it doesn't mean that he will play Tuesday versus the Coyotes. The Isles are a depleted group right now with several injuries at forward and are likely to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen should Frans Nielsen be out so the Isles will do everything they can to get him into the lineup.

2/23/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen To Be Evaluated Tuesday

News: Frans Nielsen (leg) will be evaluated Monday to determine the extent of his injury, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen was forced to leave the game early Sunday after taking a hit but returned for the final period but apparently he's not out of the woods yet. The Islanders may be playing it safe in regards to this injury or there may be more going on here than meets the eye.

2/17/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Third Straight Two-Point Game For Isles' Nielsen

Frans Nielsen

Third Straight Two-Point Game For Isles' Nielsen

News: Frans Nielsen recorded his third consecutive two-point game Tuesday, rattling off a pair of assists and a plus-1 rating Tuesday in a win over the Hurricanes.
Analysis: That's two goals, four assists and a plus-4 rating in the last three games for the skilled two-way centerman. He's not likely to match last year's 58 points, but he'll still likely break 50, and with much-improved plus-minus. There's plenty of value there.

2/16/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Grabs Two Points In Loss

News: Frans Nielsen tallied a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: After 12 straight without a goal, Frans Nielsen has now potted one in consecutive games as he picked up his second straight two-point contest. His assist totals are about on pace from last season, but with just 11 goals through 57 games, the 30-year-old won't approach his career-high 58 points from a year ago.

2/15/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Assists, Nabs Game-Winner Saturday

News: Frans Nielsen was credited with the game-winning goal and added an assist in Saturday's victory over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen snapped a 12-game goal drought with his 10th marker of the season. The 30-year-old center has produced 31 points and a plus-5 rating over 56 games, relegating his interest to deeper formats at this juncture.

2/8/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Active In Loss

News: Frans Nielsen gathered a power-play assist and attempted seven shots in Saturday's loss to the Bruins.
Analysis: The shot total exceeded Frans Nielsen's output from the previous five games combined (5). Nielsen has taken more of a distributor role for the Islanders and has generally fared well in that capacity, tallying 19 assists in 52 games. He's contributed six of those helpers in his last nine games.

1/18/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen Has Three-Game Point Streak

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Has Three-Game Point Streak

News: Frans Nielsen gathered a power-play helper, attempted four shots and collected two PIM in Saturday's loss to the Canadiens.
Analysis: The forward has recorded a point in three straight games to keep him chugging along at more than a half-point-per-game pace for the season. His role as the center of a second line that includes Anders Lee and Ryan Strome should continue to give him decent value in deeper formats, but he doesn't seem likely to go off on any sort of overwhelming scoring surge.

1/13/2015

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Scores Shorthanded

News: Frans Nielsen scored his first shorthanded goal of the year -- his ninth of the year in all -- Tuesday in a win over the Rangers.
Analysis: That's four shorties in the last three years now for Frans Nielsen, who's also tallied a pair of assists with the Isles down a man this season. They lead the league in shorthanded goals with seven, and Nielsen's a big part of the reason for that.

12/31/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Racks Up Three Points In Win

News: Frans Nielsen collected two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen and linemate Ryan Strome are proving to be a serious scoring threat on the Isles' second line this season. Look for the duo's chemistry to improve even more as the season rolls on.

12/30/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Gets PP Assist

News: Frans Nielsen recorded a power-play assist in Monday's overtime victory over the Capitals.
Analysis: Eight of Frans Nielsen's 18 points on the season have come on the man advantage. He retains a spot on the Isles' second line and is scoring at a half-point-per-game clip, which gives him some relevancy in deeper formats. He doesn't offer much production in the hits or PIM categories, however, which may ddop him down a peg when compared to the depth scorers on other teams.

12/7/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen Nabs Two Points

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Nabs Two Points

News: Frans Nielsen nabbed two power-play points -- a goal and assist -- in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Blues.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen has notched a total of four points over the last four games, allowing the Islanders' second line to remain productive. He doesn't offer much value in specialty formats due to his low hit totals, but with 16 points in 27 games, he'll provide some utility as a depth scorer in deeper leagues.

11/19/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Helps Out On Two

News: Frans Nielsen assisted on two scores in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning.
Analysis: Since his Oct. 25 hat trick against the Stars, Frans Nielsen hasn't been much of a factor offensively, contributing a goal and three assists over his last 10 contests. The two-point game could spark his production, but Nielsen nonetheless seems poised to take a step back from last season's 58-point outburst. The emergence of young forwards Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson has already cut into his ice time thus far, as Nielsen is averaging about 1:40 less of action than he enjoyed in 2013-14.