Frans Nielsen
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Frans Nielsen

Hometown:

Herning Denmark

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1984-04-24

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2002

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Islanders 2002 Draft, 3rd Rd

Weight:

172 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2000-01: Frans Nielsen played for the Danish team of Herning IK in the Danish "Elite League", where he as a 16 year old kid was one of the best players in the entire league with a point per game average.

2001-02: Played for Malmo J20 with the hope of developing as a player and improving his stock for the draft. In the pre-season Frans played with both the seniors and the juniors. He was dominating on both teams and duo to his phenomenal performances he earned himself a spot with the senior team. Even though he has not had many chances to show up in the Elite League, this has been and is a great year for the young Danish.

2002-03: In his first season in the Swedish Elite League, has posted three goals, six assists and nine points with 10 penalty minutes. He had one powerplay goals and a -6 rating. Played six games in the Swedish Junior playoffs with Malmo that went to the semi-finals and was the top playoff scorer for all teams. Participated in the 2003 World Championships with Denmark. 

2004-05: The 21-year-old Swede is now playing for Timra IK of the Swedish Elite League. Nielsen played 166 games over the last four seasons for Malmo IF of the SEL. He is becoming established in the Swedish Elite League. Nielsen didn’t out perform last year’s strong season, but with the NHL lockout making the level of play more difficult, he was still able to put up similar numbers this year in the Swedish Elite League, 15 points in 49 games. Known for his soft hands, vision and passing skills, Nielsen isn’t the biggest guy at 6’0, 180 pounds, but he can help a team with his offensive skills and smart play.

2005-06: Following his participation in the 2006 World Championship in which he scored three goals in six games, Nielsen signed a two-year contract with the Islanders.

2006-07: Nielsen spent time with both the Islanders and Sound Tigers last season and represented Team Denmark at the World Championships. In 15 games with the Islanders, Nielsen had one goal, one assist for two points and no penalty minutes. During his 54 games with the Sound Tigers, Nielsen scored 20 goals, 24 assists for 44 points to go along with 10 penalty minutes.

2007-08: Nielsen appeared in 16 games with the Islanders last season, recording three points (2+1). He missed 13 games due to a shoulder injury, but still managed to record an AHL-career best 28 assists with Bridgeport Sound.
 

Talent Analysis
Nielsen is a very good skater with great quickness and nice soft hands. He is a good playmaker and possesses great sense and passion for the game. He also has a solid shot. He is very aware of his duties as a center and he seems to enjoy playing defense.