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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%: 64/45 | Average Draft Position: 229.43
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4/11/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Nielsen Active In Isles' Win

News: Frans Nielsen assisted on both Islanders' goals in Friday's shootout win over New Jersey, giving him a career-best 56 points on the season.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen has been one of the league's more quietly productive players this campaign with 25 goals and 56 total points on a team that has struggled offensively. He's benefited from the extra ice time he's seen with John Tavares out of the lineup, but he was also putting up solid numbers when Tavares was playing.

3/29/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Nielsen Leads Isles To Win

Frans Nielsen

Nielsen Leads Isles To Win

News: Frans Nielsen scored in regulation and in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Devils on Saturday night. He has nine points, including five goals, in his last 10 games.
Analysis: He almost scored a shortie in the second, but was stymied by Cory Schneider. He now has 23 goals and 52 points, both of which are new career marks. He's not quite having an Alex Steen season, but it's close. Take advantage.

3/14/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen Continuing Strong Play

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Continuing Strong Play

News: Frans Nielsen posted a goal and an assist for the second-consecutive game, factoring into two goals in Friday's loss to San Jose.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen is the team's top offensive weapon with John Tavares on the shelf and he's in the midst of a career season that has already seen him hit 20 goals. The Islanders need to get goals from somewhere.

3/10/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Islanders' Nielsen Tallies Two Points

News: Frans Nielsen scored a goal and added an assist against the Canucks on Monday.
Analysis: It was his 20th goal, the first time in his career he's reached that mark. Frans Nielsen also has 46 points now, just one off his career high.

3/2/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Activated Off IR

News: Frans Nielsen (hand) was activated off of IR on Sunday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen played just over 20 minutes and had an assist in the Islanders 5-3 loss to Florida on Sunday. It seems that no matter what happens with Thomas Vanek he will remain the second line center for the Isles as his name is not being mentioned in trade rumors.

2/28/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Nielsen Practices With Isles

News: Frans Nielsen (hand) practiced with the Islanders on Friday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen is still unlikely to play Saturday but could return Sunday. Although John Tavares is out for the season, Nielsen is still likely to center the second line with Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck.

2/23/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles Formally Place Nielsen On IR

News: Frans Nielsen (hand) was officially placed on IR Sunday, according to Newsday.
Analysis: The move was made retroactive to Feb. 8 and Frans Nielsen is only expected to miss another 7-10 days of action. With the loss of John Tavares for the season Nielsen could be the Isles top line center, not that it would matter much with Tavares out and Thomas Vanek soon to be traded.

2/20/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Skates Wednesday

News: Frans Nielsen (hand) skated on his own after Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: It's believed the broken hand that Frans Nielsen suffered in the final game before the Olympic break could sideline him for up to a month, so it's still likely he misses a few games when the Islanders resume play next week. He'll probably need to get a few full-contact practices under his belt before the team will feel comfortable using him in games.

2/11/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Likely Out A Month

News: GM Garth Snow said Frans Nielsen could miss up to a month with the broken hand, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Thanks to the convenient timing of the lengthy Olympic break, Frans Nielsen won't actually be forced to miss a month's worth of games, but he could still be out for around four or five contests. Nielsen has been a highly useful scorer for both the Islanders and fantasy owners this season, netting 18 goals and 25 assists over 60 games.

2/11/2014

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Islanders' Nielsen Suffers Broken Hand

News: Frans Nielsen sustained a broken hand after being slashed during Saturday's game against the Avs, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Arthur Staple of Newsday adds that while it is possible that Frans Nielsen -- who suffered a non-displaced fracture -- may be able to play on Feb. 27, it seems more likely that Nielsen will miss the Islanders' first week of games upon completion of the current Olympic break.

12/31/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Nielsen Continues Career Year

Frans Nielsen

Nielsen Continues Career Year

News: Frans Nielsen scored twice in Tuesday's win over Boston, giving him four points in the last four games.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen is enjoying a career-best season with 15 goals through 41 contests. He's typically been a strong defensive player throughout his career, but he's making the most of his three-plus minutes of power-play time in every game. He doesn't shoot terribly often, so his goal tally might slow a bit, but he remains a solid source of secondary scoring.

12/28/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen: Five-Game Point Streak

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen: Five-Game Point Streak

News: Frans Nielsen scored the Islanders' only goal Saturday in a 2-1 loss to the Devils. The goal extended his current point streak to five games and five points, including three goals.
Analysis: He has very quietly started to put points back up on the board after being extremely quiet from mid-November to mid-December. He may be able to provide you with some sneaky value if he's sitting on your wire -- everyone else is going to think his 15 minutes of fame ended a while back.

12/18/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Snaps Goal Slump

News: Frans Nielsen scored his first goal since Nov. 19 in Tuesday's shootout loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Unsurprisingly, Frans Nielsen has fallen off significantly since his strong opening month-plus. He'd gone a dozen games without a goal, and had collected just three assists and a minus-6 rating in that span.

11/12/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Points Keep Coming For Isles' Nielsen

Frans Nielsen

Points Keep Coming For Isles' Nielsen

News: Frans Nielsen grabbed a pair of assists in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Predators.
Analysis: Despite little history as a scorer, Frans Nielsen continues to pick up points game after game after game. He still hasn't gone two games in a row without a point all season long, and with 21 points in 19 games, he's one of the most stunning entrants among the NHL's top 10 scorers.

10/26/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen: Eight Points In Last Four Games

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen: Eight Points In Last Four Games

News: Frans Nielsen scored a shorthanded goal, but finished minus-3 in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Flyers. The goal extended his goal streak to four games and four goals, and his point streak to four games and eight points.
Analysis: He has the sizzle and the steak. Frans Nielsen plays difficult minutes and still leads the Isles in scoring. The minus-3 was tough, but he's still plus-3 on the season. Yes, a career year appears to be in the mix. Good for him.

10/25/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen Stays Hot

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Stays Hot

News: Frans Nielsen had a goal and two assists -- including a helper on the game-winner -- in Friday's victory over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: With 14 points in 10 games, Frans Nielsen is well ahead of his typical career pace. He flirted with 50 points two seasons ago, but a big part of his fast start can be attributed to an unsustainable 26.1 percent shooting percentage. Nevertheless, Nielsen is seeing steady minutes on the power play and has an improving supporting cast, so the fast start might evolve into a career year.

10/22/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI Isles' Nielsen Delivers Three-Point Night

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Delivers Three-Point Night

News: Frans Nielsen ripped off a goal and two assists Tuesday in an overtime loss to Vancouver.
Analysis: Always an unspectacular offensive contributor despite pretty heavy ice time in his career, Frans Nielsen's seen a small bump in ice and an enormous bump in production, as he's got a stunning 11 points in nine games to start the year. However, he's got five goals on just 20 shots this season, suggesting that he's in for a course correction on that front.

10/8/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Assists Thrice

News: Frans Nielsen maintained his early hot streak Tuesday, picking up a trio of assists in a blowout win over Phoenix.
Analysis: He's not typically known as much of a scorer, but Frans Nielsen has a three-game points streak to start the year, having picked up a goal and four assists already. Though he's seen heavy minutes in the early going, he played just 15:27 on Tuesday, his lowest yet this year. However, he continues to see a good amount of power-play time, and he notched an assist on the man advantage in this one.

5/11/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen (Lower Body) Will Play Saturday

News: Frans Nielsen (lower body) will play in Saturday's Game 6 against the Penguins, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Analysis: No setbacks occurred during warmups, so Frans Nielsen will play Saturday and try to do what he can to keep his team alive.

5/11/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen (Lower Body) On Ice For Warmups

News: Frans Nielsen (lower body) is on the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, ESPN's Katie Strang reports.
Analysis: While official word has yet to come, it looks like Frans Nielsen has a pretty good chance to play in Saturday's Game 6 against the Pens.

5/11/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Game-Time Decision

News: Frans Nielsen (lower body) is a game-time decision for Saturday's Game 6 against the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen took part in Saturday morning's optional skate, so that is a good sign that he may play Saturday. However, check back closer to faceoff to confirm his status.

5/10/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Islanders' Nielsen Lower-Body Injury

News: Frans Nielsen is currently dealing with a minor lower-body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Analysis: The injury is not considered serious. Frans Nielsen is likely to give it a go in Saturday's Game 6 against the Penguins.

4/20/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Has Goal And Assist For Isles

News: Frans Nielsen scored his sixth goal of the season in the Islanders' victory over Winnipeg on Saturday.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen may be miscast as a second line center, but his play with linemates Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo are as big a reason as any why the Islanders have made their playoff push.

4/2/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles' Nielsen Lights Lamp

News: Frans Nielsen scored his fourth goal of the season in a 5-2 win over the Jets on Tuesday.
Analysis: The power-play goal came the day after he had two assists and was having his name mentioned in trade talks. Frans Nielsen is likely staying with the Islanders, as he is quite valuable to them, but this could be his last season as the second-line center; he's better suited to third-line action.

4/2/2013

Frans Nielsen, C, NYI

Frans Nielsen

Isles Say Nielsen Will Not Be Traded

News: The Islanders have come out and stated that Frans Nielsen will not be traded, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: Frans Nielsen's name has come up as a possible target for the Blackhawks but the Isles want to keep what is right now their second best center. Nielsen will never light up the scoreboard, but is very good on faceoffs and in his own end. He is miscast as a second line center and would be better off on the third line, and that should come as soon as next season when Anders Lee and Ryan Strome join the team full-time.