New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Frans Nielsen
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FransNielsen
POSITION: Center
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 180
BIRTHDATE: 04/24/1984
AGE: 30
BIRTHPLACE: Herning, DNK
DRAFTED: NYI: 2002-87 overall

ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by the Islanders in the third round (87th overall) of the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Agreed to a four-year contract on July 19, 2008. Agreed to a four-year contract extension on February 7, 2012.

LAST SEASON:

Established career highs in goals (25), assists (33) and points (58) in 80 games during his eighth NHL season with the Islanders...Finished second on the team in goals and third in assists and points...Ranked second on the team with 20 power-play points (5g/15a)...Scored two short-handed goals...Went 8-for-15 in the shootout, finishing second in the league in shootout goals and tying for third in shootout game-deciding goals (4)...Had 10 multi-point games...Was named a Star of the Game 11 times, including two First Star honors... Recorded a three-assist game, including the 200th point of his career, on Oct. 8 vs. Phoenix..Posted back-to-back, three-point games (1g/2a) on Oct. 22 vs. Vancouver and Oct. 25 at Pittsburgh...Had a four-game goal/point streak (4g/4a) from Oct. 19-26...Appeared in his 400th NHL game on Dec. 12 at Phoenix...Suffered a hand injury on Feb. 8 vs. Colorado and was placed on injured reserve...Returned to the lineup on Mar. 2 vs. Florida after missing two games...Reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career on Mar. 10 at Vancouver...Recorded his 250th career point (goal) on Apr. 8 vs. Ottawa.

CAREER:
2012-13:
Finished fourth on the Islanders in scoring with 29 points (6g/23a) in 48 games during his seventh NHL season...Was one of eight Islanders to appear in all 48 games...Recorded six multi-point games...Tied for third in the NHL with two shootout-deciding goals...Had a three-game assist streak (5a) from Jan. 27-31...Had a three-game assist streak (3a) from March 22-26...Had a four-game point streak (1g/4a) from Apr. 1-6...Recorded his 20th assist on Apr. 11 at Boston, becoming the first Islander since Kenny Jonsson (1997-98, 1999-2002, 2003-2004) to have at least five seasons with 20 assists and the first since Patrick Flatley (1989-90 to 1994-95) to have at least five consecutive 20-assist seasons...Had a four-game point streak (2g/2a) from Apr. 16-23...Appeared in 27 games with Lukko Rauma of Finland’s SM-liiga during the NHL lockout, scoring 29 points (6g/23a).  2011-12: Scored 47 points (17g/30a) in a career-high 82 games during his sixth season with the Islanders...Finished fourth on the team in points...Was one of four Islanders to play in all 82 games (Moulson, Streit, Tavares)...Scored a career-high five power-play goals...Went 7-for-11 (63.6%) in shootout attempts...Tied for fourth in the NHL with seven shootout goals...Led the team in shootout goals (7) and game-deciding shootout goals (4)...Finished fourth on the team in Three Stars of the Game honors, earning six total nods, including three first-star selections...Had eight multi-point games...Recorded his 100th career assist in his 300th NHL game on Feb. 28...Had a season-high five-game point and assist streak (3g/5a) from Mar. 25-31.  2010-11: Established career highs in penalty minutes (38), plus-minus rating (+13) and short-handed goals (7) in his fifth season with the Islanders...Scored 44 points (13g/31a) in 71 games...Led the NHL in short-handed goals and points (7g/1a...Led the Islanders with five shootout goals in eight chances (62.5%)…Co-led the team in plus-minus rating and ranked third on the Islanders in assists...Awarded the Bob Nystrom Award, given annually to the Islander who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication...Tied for 13th in the league with 66 takeaways…Had 10 multi-point games, including a pair of three-point efforts on Feb. 13 and Mar. 2...Scored his first goal of the season and added an assist on Oct. 11 vs. NY Rangers…Scored the first penalty shot goal of his career during a 5-on-3 penalty kill on Oct. 30 at Philadelphia…Had a four-game assist streak from Nov. 21 - Dec. 2 (5a)…Scored his second short-handed penalty shot goal of the season on Dec. 9 at Boston...Suffered a groin injury on Jan. 3 at Calgary and missed seven games…Scored his 100th NHL point (assist) on Feb. 10 at Montreal...Had three assists on Feb. 13 at Buffalo, capping a three-game assist streak from Feb. 10-13 (0g/6a)…Scored the shootout game-deciding goal on Feb. 15 at Ottawa...Had three assists on Mar. 2 vs. Minnesota, including his career-high 27th of the season...Had a three-game point streak from Mar. 18-22 (2g/2a)…Tied the Islanders single-season record for short-handed goals (B. Bourne) with his seventh of the season on Mar. 30 at New Jersey…Suffered a season-ending injury (concussion) on Mar. 31 vs. NY Rangers.  2009-10: Scored 38 points (12g/26a), ranking fourth on the team in assists and fifth in points during his fourth NHL season with the Islanders...Tied for second on the team with a plus-4 rating...Missed the first six games of the season with a knee injury...Recorded his first-career two-goal game on Oct. 30 at Washington...Went on a three-game assist-streak from Nov. 2-6 (0g/3a)...Played in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 6 at New Jersey...Scored the overtime game-winner on Dec. 12 vs. Boston...Set a single-season career high for assists in a game on Jan. 2 vs. Atlanta (3)...Went on a four-game point streak from Mar. 13-19 (1g/3a).  2008-09: Ranked third on the Islanders in assists (24) and fourth in points (33) in his third season with the Islanders and first full NHL campaign...Scored his first career power-play goal on Mar. 12 at Montreal...Scored his first career short-handed goal on Mar. 27 at Detroit...Posted two assists on three occasions: Oct. 16 at Tampa Bay, Jan. 21 vs. Anaheim and Feb. 21 vs. New Jersey.  2007-08: Appeared in 16 games with the Islanders during his second season in North America, recording two goals and one assist…Missed 13 games with a shoulder injury…Recorded an AHL career-best 28 assists and added 10 goals in 48 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (American Hockey League).  2006-07: Became the first Danish-born/raised citizen to play in an NHL game when he made his Islanders debut on Jan. 6 at Carolina…Recorded his first NHL point/assist, his first NHL goal, first multi-point game and his first game-winning goal on Feb. 24 vs. Montreal...Finished third on Bridgeport with 20 goals and fifth with 44 points in 54 games....Finished second on Bridgeport with a plus-7 rating.  2005-06: Completed his first season with Timra of the Swedish Elite League and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 18 points (5g/13a)…Ranked second on the team in assists…Recorded SEL career highs in assists and points…Was one of only six players to play in all of the team’s 50 games.  2004-05: Scored 15 points (8g/7a) in 49 games with Malmo (SEL)...Was the only skater on Malmo who played in at least 40 games (49) and had less than 10 penalty minutes (6)...Also played in 10 games with Malmo’s Q team, posting nine points (7g/2a).  2003-04: Recorded a SEL career-high nine goals, which ranked sixth on Malmo, and added seven assists for 16 points in 50 games...Tripled his goal output from the previous season...Recorded a SEL career-high 28 penalty minutes...Also netted eight points (3g/5a) in 10 games with Malmo’s Q team.  2002-03: Spent the majority of the season with Malmo in the SEL, scoring nine points (3g/6a) in 47 games...Also played in two games with Malmo’s Jr. Club, scoring a goal with three assists.  2001-02: Split the season between Malmo’s SEL team and Junior team…Made SEL debut as a 17-year-old.  2000-01: Played with Herning of the Danish League in his first professional season as a 16-year-old. 1999-00: Played with Herning’s Junior team as a 15-year-old.

NHL PLAYOFFS:

2013: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, recording two assists in six games during the Islanders’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Pittsburgh.

INTERNATIONAL:
Represented Denmark at eight World Championships (2012 - Finland and Sweden; 2010 - Germany; 2007 - Russia; 2006 - Latvia; 2005 - Austria; 2004 - Czech Republic; 2003 - Finland, 2002 - Hungary [Div. I, Group B]). Has totaled 20 points (8g/12a) in 44 games during his seven World Championships in the top division...Also skated with Denmark at four World Junior Championships (2004, 2003, 2002, 2001) and two Under-18 World Championships (2002, 2001). Finished second in scoring at the 2004 World Junior Championships Div. I (Group A) in Germany with 11 points (8g/3a) in five games.