|Free Brock Nelson.|
As I mentioned on Sunday, the Islanders have been terrible in their own zone this season. It's easy to pin the blame on the blue-line for obvious reasons, but it hasn't been the only problem. There's no doubt in my mind, in spite of their issues in front of the net, the Islanders would be having a better season if the team's offense offense was playing better. That's why I feel the Islanders should bring up Ryan Strome, who is tearing apart the AHL right now, and why I'm also going to suggest that fellow-rookie Brock Nelson gets back on the ice....now.
Nelson, the Islanders 30th-overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been a healthy scratch in each of the team's past two games. After playing very well alongside John Tavares when Thomas Vanek was held out of the line up due to injury in November, Nelson has once again become comfortable in the press box, where he has spent one-third of the team's games during the 2013-14 season.
Perhaps it's part of the "process." The Islanders are in their right to develop their prospects the way they see fit. After rushing both Josh Bailey and Nino Niederreiter to the NHL, it's easy to understand why they might be a bit shy in letting the team's prospects loose; however, with the team struggling nearly half-way through the season, I plead: Coach Capuano, Garth Snow, set Nelson free.