Frans Nielsen

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Frans Nielsen
Frans Nielsen - New York Islanders.jpg
Nielsen with the New York Islanders in January 2015
Born (1984-04-24) 24 April 1984 (age 33)
Herning, Denmark
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Malmö Redhawks
Timrå IK
New York Islanders
Lukko
National team  Denmark
NHL Draft 87th overall, 2002
New York Islanders
Playing career 2001–present

Frans Nielsen (born 24 April 1984) is a Danish professional ice hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He spent the first 10 years of his NHL career playing with the New York Islanders.

He is the first Danish citizen to play in the NHL.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Nielsen with the New York Islanders during the 2013 playoffs

Nielsen was drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round, 87th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After playing in the Swedish Elitserien since 2001, Nielsen signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders on 15 May 2006.[2] He has also played for the Danish national team.

With over 216 games in the Elitserien, Nielsen recorded 25 goals and 34 assists for 59 points and 66 penalty minutes.

Nielsen started the 2006–07 AHL season with the Islanders' affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and was recalled to the Islanders on 5 January 2007. He made his NHL debut on 6 January. At the time of his recall, he had recorded a point in nine consecutive American Hockey League (AHL) games, which was three games shy of the Sound Tigers' club record.[3]

During the 2010–11 NHL season Nielsen scored a league-leading seven short-handed goals, including two penalty shot goals in three-on-five shorthanded situations. Near the end of the 2010–11 NHL season Islanders' Captain Doug Weight was quoted as saying of Nielsen “He’s our best all-around player even though his stats don’t necessarily show it". On 7 February 2012, Nielsen signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Islanders.[4]

Nielsen holds the distinction of being the most successful NHL player all-time in shootouts (i.e., scoring percentage among players with a substantial number of shootout attempts). He even scored a goal in a shootout prior to being credited with his first official NHL goal. His signature move in the competition has been dubbed the "Danish Backhand of Judgement", though he has also scored using his forehand. As of March 2013, he has a success rate of 62.5%.[5]

On 25 October 2014, he recorded his first career NHL hat trick against Anders Lindbäck of the Dallas Stars by scoring all three goals in the third period.[6]

On 1 July 2016, Nielsen signed as a free agent to a 6-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, marking the end of his 10-year tenure with the Islanders.[7] During the 2016–17 season Nielsen was selected to participate in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.[8]

During the 2017–18 season Nielsen scored his 47th shootout goal, making him the all-time leader in shootout goals.[9][10] The goal came against the New York Rangers in a 3–2 win on 29 December 2017.[9]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Team Europe
Canada Cup / World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2016 Toronto

Nielsen represented Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, where he recorded two assists in six games and won a silver medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Nielsen with Lukko in 2012

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Herning Blue Fox DEN 38 18 19 37 6
2001–02 Malmö Redhawks SEL 20 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Malmö Redhawks SEL 47 3 6 9 10
2003–04 Malmö Redhawks SEL 50 9 7 16 28
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 49 8 7 15 6
2005–06 Timrå SEL 50 5 13 18 22
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 15 1 1 2 0
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 54 20 24 44 10
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 16 2 1 3 0
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 48 10 28 38 18
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 59 9 24 33 18
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 76 12 26 38 6
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 71 13 31 44 38
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 82 17 30 47 6
2012–13 Lukko SM-l 27 4 20 24 10
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 48 6 23 29 12 6 0 2 2 0
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 33 58 8
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 78 14 29 43 12 7 1 1 2 0
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 81 20 32 52 12 11 3 3 6 2
2016–17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 17 24 41 18
2017–18 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 16 17 33 14
NHL totals 764 152 271 423 144 24 4 6 10 2
SHL totals 216 25 34 59 66

International[edit]

[11]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Denmark WJC-18 B 5th 5 3 4 7 0
2001 Denmark WJC-18 D1 7th 3 2 1 3 0
2001 Denmark WJC-D2 4th 4 2 2 4 2
2002 Denmark WJC-18 D1 6th 3 1 2 3 0
2002 Denmark WJC-D2 2nd 4 4 10 14 0
2002 Denmark WC-D1 2nd 5 1 1 2 0
2003 Denmark WJC-D1 8th 5 3 7 10 0
2003 Denmark WC 11th 6 0 0 0 4
2004 Denmark WJC-D1 3rd 5 8 3 11 4
2004 Denmark WC 12th 6 0 3 3 0
2004 Denmark OGQ NQ 3 2 3 5 0
2005 Denmark WC 14th 6 3 0 3 0
2006 Denmark WC 13th 6 3 0 3 4
2007 Denmark WC 10th 6 0 3 3 6
2010 Denmark WC 8th 7 2 3 5 6
2012 Denmark WC 13th 7 0 3 3 8
2016 Denmark OGQ NQ 3 0 3 3 0
2016 Team Europe WCH 2nd 6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 29 23 29 52 6
Senior totals 61 11 21 32 28

Awards and honors[edit]

  • NHL All-Star Game, 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grossman, Evan (2007). "When it comes to hockey, it's a small world". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-04-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ "NYI Sign C Frans Nielsen". NHL.com. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "Frans Nielsen recalled by Islanders - Set to become first Daniard player to appear in an NHL game". Brideport Sound Tigers. Retrieved 2007-02-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Nielsen, Islanders agree on four-year extension". Edmonton Journal. 7 February 2012. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Shootout career totals". National Hockey League. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Nielsen scores three in third to lift Islanders past Stars". Islanders.com. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Wakiji, Dana (2016-07-01). "Nielsen, Wings agree to contract terms". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 2016-07-01. 
  8. ^ Wakiji, Dana (29 January 2018). "Frans Nielsen thrilled with first All-Star experience". NHL.com. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Nielsen nets shootout winner as Wings top Rangers". espn.co.uk. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  10. ^ @NHL (30 December 2017). "All-time leader in shootout goals: Frans Nielsen (47) All-time leader in game-deciding goals: Frans Nielsen (21)" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  11. ^ "Frans Nielsen". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 

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