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Islanders call on Brock Nelson in his NHL debut

May 11, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders decided to finally allow Brock Nelson to make his NHL debut on a significant stage: Saturday’s Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

In other words, the 21-year-old gets his first taste of action at the sport’s highest level in one of the most pressure-packed situations possible: an elimination game. No pressure, kid.

(Interesting factoid: Staple points out that Trent Hunter was the last Isles player to debut in the playoffs; he did so in 2002.)

The Islanders selected Nelson 30th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-4 forward presents a big body who scored 52 points in 66 games for the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

  1. mclovinhockey - May 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Force game 7!!!

  2. homegrowntalentmn - May 11, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Kid was a beast in high school at Warroad MN

  3. desertfan - May 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Buyout of Dipietro:

    $1.5 per year or $30,000 per week for the next 16 years!!!

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