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Frans Nielsen | Center | #51

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/24/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 188
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (87) / NYI
Contract: view contract details

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Frans Nielsen collected a goal and an assist in his Red Wings debut Thursday night.
He picked up a helper on Thomas Vanek's power-play goal and scored his even-strength tally in the second to give Detroit a 3-1 lead. However, the Lightning stormed back in the third and claimed a 6-4 victory. Oct 14 - 8:08 AM

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Frans Nielsen will open the regular season with Henrik Zetterberg as his winger.

"They're both veteran players," coach Jeff Blashill said. "Z will spend a lot of time in low coverage, he'll take faceoffs if needed." Detroit still has to fill most of the combinations, but pairings have emerged as the roster starts to take shape. Nielsen and Zetterberg play strong two-way games, so they could see plenty of time against the opposition's top lines in 2016-17.
Oct 6 - 7:54 AM

Detroit is expected to get back Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek and Tomas Tatar this week.

The trio represented Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey. They will probably make their preseason debuts on Saturday.
Oct 4 - 9:46 AM

Wings GM Ken Holland feels newly signed forward Frans Nielsen is a 200-foot player.

"He’s been in the New York Islanders as a top two-line center," Holland said. "He’s had a lot of responsibility, offensively and defensively, we feel he’s a 200-foot player. He fits the type of player we look for here in Detroit and quality person. We did a lot of checking and talked to a lot of people and everything we got on and off the ice was top notch." The 32-year-old had 20 goals and 52 points in 81 games last season.
Jul 3 - 11:22 AM

The Detroit Red Wings have signed Frans Nielsen to a six-year, $31.5 million contract.

Well Wings' GM Ken Holland said he was going to spend the money he saved with the retirement of Pavel Datsyuk, and he did. Nielsen is no star, but he is a solid veteran forward, who at age 32 is still an effective offensive contributor. Over his 606-game career, Nielsen has scored 119 goals and registered 349 points. He should play in the Wings' top six.
Jul 2 - 9:38 AM

Frans Nielsen reportedly turned down a contract offer from the Islanders worth $5.5 million per season.

Sources had indicated that the two sides were closer to a new deal that would likely be six or seven years. Nielsen can become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, but he still could sign with the Islanders after listening to some offers from other teams.
Jun 27 - 5:09 PM

The New York Islanders would love to re-sign Frans Nielsen.

Nielsen is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. GM Garth Snow said that he talked to Nielsen's agent within the last week and while they have moved closer to a deal, nothing is imminent. Nielsen had 20 goals and 52 points and that could be hard to replace should he bolt to greener pastures. Nielsen should be a 20 goal, 50 point player once again next season so draft him accordingly.
Jun 25 - 8:42 AM

Frans Nielsen isn't sure if he'll be back with the Islanders next season, but he would like to be.

"It's going to be a little bit interesting. It's a weird feeling, for sure, not knowing if you're going to be back or not," he said. "I love being here and I would love to be back. We'll see what happens." His agent has been involved in some calls with GM Garth Snow, but there have been no contract negotiations. Nielsen can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
May 16 - 9:10 AM

Frans Nielsen could become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

With the Islanders eliminated from the playoffs, Nielsen has completed his four-year, $11 million contract. He's likely to get a raise after his solid 2015-16 campaign where he scored 20 goals and 52 points in 81 contests.
May 9 - 8:55 AM

Frans Nielsen will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia.

For the second time in three seasons, Nielsen hit the 20-goal and 50-point marks. Indeed through 78 games he scored 20 goals and 52 points, falling tantalizingly close to his career highs.
Apr 10 - 6:10 PM

Frans Nielsen recorded an assist in a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday.

It was Nielsen's 50th point in 78 contests this season. This is the second time that the 31-year-old forward has reached the 50-point milestone in a single campaign.
Apr 5 - 10:07 AM

Frans Nielsen played in his 600th career game on Tuesday.

Nielsen has played exclusively for the Islanders thus far and is just the 13th player to participate in at least 600 games with that team. This season he has 19 goals and 47 points in 75 contests.
Mar 30 - 11:11 AM

Frans Nielsen recorded an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

Nielsen now has eight points in his last seven games. That's brought him up to 19 goals and 46 points in 68 contests in 2015-16.
Mar 16 - 11:22 AM

Frans Nielsen recorded two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to Winnipeg Thursday night.

That brings Nielsen up to 40 points in 62 games this season. Not including the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, Nielsen has reached the 40-point mark in five straight seasons.
Mar 4 - 11:17 AM

The New York Islanders are only 14-14-4 against Eastern Conference opponents this season.

What's even worse is that they are only 3-8-1 against teams that are in the playoffs. The good news is that the Islanders were 12-0-2 at home against the West. "We’ve got to be better against those teams, especially the ones in our division," Frans Nielsen said. "To be fair, though, I think the last time we played Washington (a 3-2 loss on Feb. 4), that was one of our best games of the season. It was still a loss though, so we have to find ways to get points against the better teams."
Feb 13 - 10:58 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Dylan Larkin
2Frans Nielsen
3Darren Helm
4Luke Glendening
5Tomas Nosek
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Steve Ott
4Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Thomas Vanek
4Riley Sheahan
5Tomas Jurco
6Joe Vitale
7Johan Franzen
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Brendan Smith
5Jonathan Ericsson
6Xavier Ouellet
7Alexey Marchenko
8Dan Renouf
9Ryan Sproul
G1Petr Mrazek
2Jimmy Howard
3Edward Pasquale