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Buckle Up for Brocktober: Brock Nelson & Early Season Damage

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New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson

Every player on every NHL team wants to get off to strong starts. For the New York Islanders, their offense can be defined as streaky, which makes it imperative that they get off to strong starts.

What month does the season start?

Oh, that’s right, October.

Well, the New York Islanders have a player on their roster in Brock Nelson, who has been lethal in October over his nine-year NHL career.

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In 78 career games in October, the soon-to-be 31-year-old Minnesota native has 29 goals and 29 assists, a fitting stat line for now, as Brock Nelson wears no. 29.

Funny when things work out like that, right?

In seven October games last season, Brock Nelson lit the lamp twice while recording two assists. He scored in the season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes, a 6-3 loss.

To crunch the numbers even further, Brock Nelson has found himself on the scoresheet in seven of his nine opening nights. He has recorded five goals and four assists in those seven games, for nine total points.

Because of COVID-19, the 2020-21 season did not start in October but in January. That fraudulent October did not stop Nelson from scoring in the season opener against the New York Rangers.

Here’s Brock Nelson’s October stat line breakdown from 2013-14 through 2021-22:

2013-14: 7 GP, 1G, 2A

2014-15: 10 GP, 6G, 6A

2015-16: 12 GP, 2G, 3A

2016-17: 9 GP, 3G, 3A

2017-18: 12 GP, 4G, 3A

2018-19: 11 GP, 6G, 1A

2019-20: 11 GP, 4G, 6A

2021-22: 7 GP, 2G, 2A

Brock Nelson is coming off a career-high season in the goals department scoring 37 and could have had more, but he missed 10 games due to an injury early in the season and a stomach bug the final week. Over a full 82-game slate, Nelson was projected to finish with around 44 games.

The likelihood that Brock Nelson will mimic his 2021-22 production is slim. If the New York Islanders are going to do anything this season, more players will need to contribute offensively.

But with the season starting in October and Brock Nelson’s track record, that bodes well for Nelson getting on the scoreboard, even as early as tonight, game one against the Florida Panthers.13

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