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NYI SIGN C FRANS NIELSEN

Monday, 05.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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NYI SIGN C FRANS NIELSEN
Could become first Danish-born player in NHL history

The Islanders have signed 2002 third round draft pick Frans Nielsen to a two-year contract. The talented Nielsen, born in Herning, Denmark, could become the first-ever Danish-born player to play in the NHL.

"Since we drafted him, Frans has shown the commitment and dedication that now has him at the level of a strong NHL prospect," said Islanders Chief European scout Ryan Jankowski. "He's a very smart player, a responsible player, and he skates extremely well. With some proper fine-tuning in our system and continued hard work from him, Frans can become an important player for us at the NHL level."

The 6-0, 195-pound Nielsen was born in Denmark on April 24, 1984. Quickly out-growing the competition in his native country by the age of 17, Nielsen transferred to the Swedish Elite League. He spent his first four SEL seasons in the Malmo IF Redhawks organization before joining Timra IF for the 2005-06 season. Nielsen was Timra's fourth-leading scorer this past season with five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. In his 216-game SEL career, Nielsen has recorded 25 goals and 34 assists for 59 points and 66 penalty minutes.

Nielsen started to turn heads at the 2004 World Hockey Championships, where he led the improving Denmark hockey program to a win in the Preliminary Round and finished the tournament with three assists in six games. More recently at the 2006 World Championships, Nielsen scored a goal in a near-upset over Canada. Team Denmark's tournament ends today.

Nielsen, who was selected 87th overall in 2002, will join the team for training camp in September.

"This is a big day for me," Nielsen said today. "It is a very proud moment, signing a contract with the Islanders and officially starting my dream of making it to the National Hockey League. I have worked very hard for this. I'm looking forward to being a part of the Islanders organization."


FRANS NIELSEN
Career Highlights

- As a 16-year-old, played for Herning IK of the Danish League during the 2000-01 season. He was one of the best players in the league with nearly a point per game average.

- After agreeing to play for the Malmo junior team in 2001-02, impressed the coaching staff in training camp and earned a spot with the senior team to start the season.

- While playing for the Malmo junior team in the postseason, tallied 10 points in just seven games (3+7).

- As an 18-year-old, made his World Championship debut with Denmark in 2002.

- Was second in scoring at the 2004 World Junior Championships, recording eight goals and adding three assists in five games.

- At the 2004 World Championships, led Denmark to a win in the Preliminary Round and finished the tournament with three assists in six games.

- At the 2006 World Championships, scored a goal versus Canada.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
6 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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