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Nelson Signs New NHL Deal

Written by: David Nicoletti

Former Johnstown Tomahawks defenseman, Casey Nelson has signed a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. The deal is a one year contract for $700,000.

Nelson made his NHL debut near the end of the 2015-16 NHL season. He went on to play seven games with the Sabres and tallied four assists in seven games with the team.

Following the 2015-16 season, the Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin defenseman would go on to sign a two year contract for $1,300,000 which averaged $650,000 a year. He would go on to spend some time between the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL and the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

So far in his pro hockey career, Nelson has played a total of 48 NHL games and 98 AHL games.

On May 2nd, 2018, Nelson signed another two year contract. This time it would be for $1,625,000 with an average of $812,500 a season.

His first season in both the NHL and AHL. He would spend 38 games with the Sabres score a goal, five assists, a plus one average and 13 penalty minutes. Along with five games with the Americans tallying only one assist, a minus one average and four penalty minutes.

Last season, Nelson spent the entire year with the Rochester Americans in the AHL. In 48 games he scored four goals, eight assists, a plus 18 average and 10 penalty minutes.

Nelson is the first Tomahawks player to reach the NHL. Former Hawks' goalie, Ryan Bednard was selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers in the 7th round of that year's draft. Bednard is currently playing professional hockey in Florida's system, most recently with the Springfield Thunderbirds of the AHL.

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