Former UND, Warroad standout Brock Nelson signs 6-year deal with Islanders

New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period in Game 1 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports

By Brad Schlossman

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Former Warroad High School and UND standout Brock Nelson is cashing in on his big season with the New York Islanders.

Nelson signed a six-year deal with the Islanders on Thursday that’s worth a total of $36 million, according to multiple reports. Nelson was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but will instead stay with the team that drafted him No. 30 overall in 2010.

Last season, the winger scored 25 goals and tallied a career-high 53 points for the Islanders, who advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In the postseason, Nelson had four goals in eight games.

Nelson, 27, played at UND for two seasons from 2010-12, helping the program to the NCAA Frozen Four as a rookie.

He turned pro after a dominant showing in the 2012 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five and has spent all seven pro seasons with the Islanders organization. Nelson has played 480 NHL regular-season games, tallying 124 goals and 241 points.

This is Nelson’s fourth NHL deal.

His entry-level deal was worth $8.48 million over three years. His second contract was worth $7.5 million over three years. He entered into a one-year deal last summer worth $4.25 million.

His new deal includes a full no-trade clause for the first two seasons and a modified no-trade clause for the last four, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

UND’s top six NHL players — Zach Parise, Jonathan Toews, Travis Zajac, T.J. Oshie, Nick Schmaltz and Nelson — are now on contracts worth a combined $351 million.

UND’s top active NHL contracts

$98 million — Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild (2012-25)

$84 million — Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks (2015-23)

$46 million — Travis Zajac, New Jersey Devils (2013-21)

$46 million — T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals (2017-25)

$40.95 million — Nick Schmaltz, Arizona Coyotes (2019-26)

$36 million — Brock Nelson, New York Islanders (2019-25)

Brad Schlossman (@SchlossmanGF) can be reached at BSchlossman@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1129.
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