When talking about the Islanders organization, he expressed his commitment towards helping to return the team to its glory days. Many of his feelings towards the team are rooted in the fact that they were willing to take a chance on him and allow him to pursue his ultimate dream of lacing up his skates and playing in the biggest league in the world. He thought back to his NHL debut and how his thoughts at the time were "I'm just going to be happy with one game". So he was. Until he saw the opportunity to build on it. Then the unbelievable happened and the Isles gave him the security of a one-way deal. Many considered him underpaid, but for Nielsen it was the realisation of his childhood dream. A dream he is still living.
Also, I've said it in almost every thread, but I'll say it again. Once this team has a second line center, I don't think the Nielsen era is over. I think he has a role on this team as a winger, specifically on the third line.
Frans is the Isles top penalty killer, is a versatile player on the ice, can pass the puck and even has a nice snapshot. I haven't even mentioned he is money in the shootouts.
I wouldn't trade Nielsen. While I think he is miscast as a 2nd liner, he's a very useful player in every way. I also don't expect the return to be enough to fill a hole in the lineup, like a top four dman. I'm not interested in yet another prospect so I don't see a deal happening.
It's not like Nielsen carries any playoff experience, nor does he bring a physical game for a playoff run...and no way a team gives up significant assets for this type of player, especially not in season. Off season, maybe a trade makes more sense.
I think he is more useful to the Islanders than another team.
I just think he's useful in a different way than he's being used.
Trading him would be a really stupid move on this teams part. As someone above said, you don't just trade players like Nielsen who are versatile and can fit into many roles on this team.
1. Pretty decent offensive forward who does a great job of carrying the puck through the neutral zone and can make good plays while also being very good defensively.
2. Excellent PKer, probably one of the best in the league.
3. Best Shootout weapon in the league hands down
4. Not too bad on the PP, has good puck movement skills and an underrated wrist and slapshot.
5. For a small guy, he brings a lot of grit into his game and can get rather nasty with other players.
The only downsides to Nielsen IMO is:
1. Small body, but it's not the end of the world because he is pretty agile and not afraid to get physical.
2. Has a pretty damn good shot but doesn't use it enough. My only complaint with Frans is that I feel like he could probably score more goals if he just used his good shot more often.
Roleplayers like Nielsen are the kind of guys you want to take into playoff runs, which is why other teams want him. But IMO we'd be stupid not to hold onto him for a playoff run of our own in the near future.