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Isles re-sign Nelson, trade Grabner to Toronto

September 17, 2015 By John Torenli, Sports Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Islanders signed center Brock Nelson to a three-year deal on Thursday morning, assuring that he will be a big part of the team’s move into Brooklyn. AP Photo
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Brock Nelson, the Islanders’ first-round pick (30th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft, signed a three-year deal to remain with the team Thursday morning as it prepares to officially open training camp on Friday.

The 23-year-old center, who potted 20 goals and picked up 22 assists while playing the full 82-game regular-season slate for the Islanders during their drive to the playoffs last season, made his NHL debut in 2013 and hasn’t stopped contributing since.

Over 154 career NHL games, Nelson has amassed 34 goals and 34 assists, and scored twice during New York’s tough seven-game first-round playoff series loss to the Washington Capitals this past April.

The Islanders, who have reached the postseason in two of the previous three seasons, will kick off their first full campaign as Barclays Center tenants on Monday night in an exhibition game against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

Brooklyn’s hockey team also sent forward Michael Grabner to Toronto on Thursday in a six-player deal.  The Islanders received forwards Taylor Beck and Carter Verhaeghe, defensemen Matt Finn and Tom Nilsson and goaltender Christopher Gibson.

Over 317 career NHL games, Grabner has recorded 95 goals and 60 assists. He had eight goals and five assists in 34 games last season with the Isles.

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