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01-16-2012, 07:55 AM
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No way on Nielsen. I still wonder if people watch the games other than who scores. The guy consistently breaks up plays in front of the net and gets the Islanders seamlessly out of the zone on numerous occasions. Just watch how many times he is carrying the puck out of the zone creating rushes and attack. I dare you to count...
breaks up plays directly in front of the net. He does break up plays skating back into his own zone, but he is not good in front of his own net. (He isn't good in front of the opposing team's net either.) He actually has a couple very bad habits in his own zone. He is good at skating the puck out of danger, especially when he isn't deep in the zone. However, when he's deep in the zone along or near the boards, he too often tries to protect the puck or skate it back behind his own net when there are safer plays up the ice. He sometimes ends up pinning the puck in his own zone that way.
Don't get me wrong, overall he's a very heady player who plays about as hard as anyone we have on the team not named Tavares or Okposo. His size does hurt him in his role though. He is shy about the front of the net
with the puck
in the offensive zone. He's shy without it in our zone. He doesn't have the offense to be a second line center or the size to be a true checking center purely on his own. I'd love to see him be used as a checking winger on a line with a sizable center. He could be a playmaking center with two sizable wingers with at least one that drives to the net and pots goals. He could be playmaking winger to a goal scoring center, someone like Jeff Carter. He's an amazingly versatile forward and has a lot of value, but he needs to be in the right role at 5-on-5 with forwards that make up for his deficiencies. Nielsen also holds the puck too much when entering the offensive zone when he should simply dump and chase it. He also has made far more poor decisions with the puck this year than I've ever seen him. (A lot for him, but that shows how good he tends to be with it outside of the few instances I mention above.)
With all of that said, that's pretty much
that can be sad that is bad about him. He's a nice little forward, but not a guy you can build a line around. He's a very good glue guy, but he needs substance near him. Right now, we don't have the size at center to carry him as a center or a winger. You either get a more sizable checking center and throw Frans next to him in a checking role, or get two sizable wingers and throw Frans in between for a secondary scoring role.
I watch the game at, near and away from the puck far too much.
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