Andrew Nielsen

Calgary Flames
Photo courtesy of tsn.ca

Fantasy Summary

He is a large multi-tool defenseman that should see himself in a mid-pairing, minute eating role


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 13, 1996
Height 6‘4”
Weight 227 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 3; Overall: 65

Observations

Nov 2018 – Nielsen has been traded in a one-for-one deal to Calgary for Morgan Klimchuk. Calgary needs some help in the AHL on the backend, especially in front of developing goaltenders.  – Joel Henderson

September 2018 – Nielson has been assigned to the AHL for the 2018-19 season as expected. He didn’t stand out often in rookie tournament and training camp, serving more of a “tough guy” role that included a fight. With more gifted offensive d-men on the AHL squad, he is going to have to solidify his two-way game to be a relevant option in the future. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2017 – Nielsen came to the Marlies with very high expectations for a 2015 third round pick. In his first rookie season, 2016-17, (he played some playoff games in the 2015-16 season), he looked very promising on the offensive side of his game  but his defensive play was a bit weak. He was solid with 14 goals and 25 assists with the Marlies in 74 games. I had seen him as a no-brainer to make the Leafs. His skating is decent as is his size 6’3″ 203 pounds. While he has decent size he does not play an aggressive game. He has a booming shot from the point and can be especially effective on the power play but he has had a set back this year in 20 games he has no goals and only eight assists. His defensive play has improved this year and it would appear that management has asked him to focus on the defensive side of his game. With the addition of Borgman and Rosen, the development of Dermott and drafting of Liljegren, he has slipped significantly on the depth chart. Making the NHL is still a possibility but he will need at least another year or two of development in the AHL. Brian Harling

April 2016 – After a solid regular season for the large defender, Lethbridge bowed out of the Western Hockey League playoffs early. Nielsen completed the junior year producing points at the same almost point-per-game rate as he started that was good enough for third amongst defensemen, what makes that more impressive is that he posted 122 PIM which put him in a tie for tops amongst WHL rearguards. His huge year may not be complete, he has been assigned to the Marlies of the AHL and is expected to dress in a couple games to see where he situated in the pro game. He has the looks of a nice all-encompassing statistical blueliner that mangers should take note of and monitor. Jason Banks

November 2015 – Shortly after his 19th birthday, Nielsen signed his standard, three year entry-level contract. He had an excellent camp with the Leafs after being drafted early third round in the spring. Since starting the year in Lethbridge of the WHL, the large defender has rode a wave of confidence that has helped him accumulate 25 points as many games thus far, good enough to tie for second place of Western Hockey League defenders. Although he is amongst and above expected World Junior invitees, Hayden Fleury, Travis Sanheim and Joe Hicketts, it would be a surprise to see Nielsen called upon for the post-Christmas tournament. The outlook is rather positive for the Red Deer native as he already possesses an attractive NHL size and therefore be given an opportunity more hastily than normal. His tool bag contains all the requirements needed for a solid pro including: a solid shot, defensive/transitional awareness, vision and good first pass ability. Jason Banks


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Red Deer Steel Kings Bantam AA SCABL 28 6 15 21 115 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Red Deer Rebels White Bantam AAA AMBHL 2 1 1 2 4 |          
 2011-2012 Red Deer Northstar Chiefs Mn Mgt AMMHL - - - - - |          
 2012-2013 Red Deer Elks Midget AA SCAHL 34 8 17 25 124 | Playoffs 5 0 4 4 16 
 2013-2014 Red Deer Chiefs Midget AAA AMHL 35 3 15 18 34 |          
  Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Red Deer Chiefs Midget AAA TCQ-P - - - - - |          
 2014-2015 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 59 7 17 24 101 |          
 2015-2016 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 71 18 52 70 122 | Playoffs 5 1 2 3
  Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 2 2 0 |          
 2016-2017 Toronto Marlies AHL 74 14 25 39 82 | Playoffs 11 1 3 4 24 
 2017-2018 Toronto Marlies AHL 65 6 20 26 143 | Playoffs 8 0 1 1
 2018-2019 Toronto Marlies AHL 8 0 3 3 12 |          
  Stockton Heat AHL 29 0 4 4 56 |          
 2019-2020 Stockton Heat AHL - - - - - |          

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