ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Islanders in the first round (30th overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Draft. Signed an Entry-Level Contract on April 3, 2012.
LAST SEASON: Led the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in points (52), power play goals (11) and short-handed goals (2) during his first professional season...Ranked second on the team in assists (27) and shots on goal (187) in 66 games...Finished second amongst American Hockey League rookies in points and short-handed points (4), and finished third in goals and power-play goals...His 25 goals set a Bridgeport rookie record, passing Rhett Rakhshani’s mark of 24 during the 2010-11 campaign...Scored his first pro goal and added an assist in the season opener on Oct. 12 at Connecticut...Had a five-game goal-scoring streak from
Nov. 3-11, and had multi-point performances in four of those five contests...Scored four goals and added four assists in seven games in December before suffering a broken jaw at Norfolk on Dec. 14; missed 10 games due to injury...Scored a hat trick on Feb. 2 vs. Norfolk...Had a five-game point streak (3g/5a) from Feb. 1-16...Recorded at least one shot on goal in 64-of-66 games...Bridgeport went 14-5-1-2 when Nelson scored at least once...Made his NHL debut with the Islanders in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh on May 11.
2011-12: Led the University of North Dakota (Western Collegiate Hockey Association) in points (47) and goals (28) as a sophomore...Ranked third in the nation in goals and tied for 12th in points...Named to the all-tournament teams for the Red Baron WCHA Final Five and the NCAA West Regional...Led North Dakota to a third-straight Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Champion...Named Inside College Hockey’s “Breakthrough Player of the Year” and to the 2011-12 All-College Hockey News Second Team...Joined Bridgeport (AHL) on an amateur tryout, making his professional debut on Apr. 7 at Providence...Appeared in the final four games of the regular season with Bridgeport and played in two Calder Cup Playoff games.
2010-11: Scored 21 points (8g/13a) in 42 games as a freshman at North Dakota...Tied for seventh on the team in goals and tied for fifth in power-play goals (4).
2009-10: Recorded a point in every game of his senior season at Warroad High School in Minnesota... Scored 73 points (39 goals, 34 assists) in 25 games (2.92 PPG)...Scored a goal in all but two games...Was one of 10 finalists for the Mr. Hockey Award, given annually to the most outstanding High School senior hockey player in Minnesota.
2008-09: Posted 76 points (45g/31a) in 31 games during his junior campaign at Warroad.
PERSONAL: His uncle, Dave Christian, was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Gold Medal-winning team and enjoyed an NHL career that spanned over 1,000 games and totaled 773 points. His grandfather, Billy Christian, and great uncle, Roger Christian, played on Team USA’s 1960 Gold Medal-winning men’s hockey team. His great uncle Gordon Christian played hockey for the University of North Dakota (1947-1950) and was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that won silver in 1956.