Islanders ink Brock Nelson to 6-year contract after career season

Brock Nelson will be with the Islanders for the foreseeable future.

The 27-year-old forward signed a six-year contract extension with the team, New York announced Thursday. He was due to become an unrestricted free agent when free agency begins on July 1.

While the Islanders didn’t disclose the terms of the new extension, Newsday reported the deal is worth $6 million annually. 

Nelson had a career season with the Islanders, scoring a career-high 53 points (24 goals, 28 assists) while playing in all 82 games this season. It’s the second season in a row and third time in his six-year NHL career Nelson has played in all 82 games in a season.

A native of Warroad, Minnesota, Nelson was selected by the Islanders with the 30th overall pick in the 2010 draft and was called up to the team in 2012. In six seasons with New York, Nelson has scored 241 career points (124 goals, 117 assists) in 480 games.

He was instrumental in helping the Islanders to the second round of the playoffs and scored four goals in eight games before New York was eliminated after being swept by the Hurricanes.