Casey Nelson

Buffalo Sabres
Andy Viscockis

Fantasy Summary

Nelson was one of the more sought after college free agents, but may be an example of a better NHL value than fantasy value. At 23 years old, he is a low risk, low reward option.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth July 18, 1992
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

April 2018 – Another up down year for Nelson, however things may be looking up for the 25 year old defenseman. He played in 38 NHL games this year for a very weak Buffalo squad, and notched three goals and five assists, good for eight points. He also spent 40 games with Rochester in the AHL collecting two points and nine assists. Nelson has found some power play time and has looked sharp in different situations including transitioning out of his own zone and moving the puck well. Nelson doesn’t have elite potential, but next year should be a year where he can come in a play full time on Buffalo’s bottom pair. Marcus Griep

December 2016 – While Casey Nelson showed much promise at the tail end of last season in the NHL, the beginning of this year was not the same for the two-way defenseman. After a sluggish start with the Sabres, Nelson was sent down to the Rochester Americans of the AHL where his game is starting to turn around. Nelson has become a key piece for the Amerks on the blueline and breakout, move the puck up style of play fits well with the Amerks offensive weapons. Nelson has even found himself to be an important player on the powerplay, playing in a quarterback type of situation. Hopefully, if his development remains consistent, Nelson will be NHL ready by the late portion of the season. Max Marko

June 2016 – Nelson has signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres worth $1,300,000, annual cap hit of $650,000. Nelson will lead the defense corps in Rochester this up coming season with first dibs at an NHL callup when/if an injury occurs. Paul Zwambag

 

March 2016 – Casey Nelson has foregone his final year of college eligibility and signed an Entry Level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Nelson had attended the Philadelphia Flyers prospect camp last summer and the two-way defenceman was named as a first team All-Star this season. With only five goals and 21 points in 28 games his stats are not extremely impressive, but he shoots right, has good size, skates well and moves the puck. Peter Harling


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Wisconsin Rapids High USHS-WI - - - - - |          
 2010-2011 Alaska Avalanche NAHL 29 1 5 6 8 |          
 2011-2012 Alaska Avalanche NAHL 56 1 19 20 14 |          
 2012-2013 Johnstown Tomahawks NAHL 56 10 22 32 42 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
 2013-2014 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato) NCAA 19 1 4 5 6 |          
 2014-2015 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato) NCAA 40 7 26 33 16 |          
 2015-2016 Minnesota State Univ. (Mankato) NCAA 40 6 16 22 22 |          
  Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 0 4 4 8 |          
 2016-2017 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 0 0 0 4 |          
  Rochester Americans AHL 58 7 14 21 24 |          
 2017-2018 Buffalo Sabres NHL 37 3 5 8 8 |          
  Rochester Americans AHL 40 2 9 11 16 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
 2018-2019 Buffalo Sabres NHL 38 1 5 6 13 |          
  Rochester Americans AHL 5 0 1 1 4 |          
 2019-2020 Rochester Americans AHL 11 2 5 7 6 |          

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