The end of an NHL season always brings about the bittersweet sight of players shipping off to some far-flung locale to join their respective national teams at the annual IIHF World Championship tournament.
Nelson scored 26 goals for the Islanders this season, a career-high and the second best total on the team. He had one goal and four assists in 11 playoff games this Spring, although he seemed to be visibly struggling, especially during the team's second round series against Tampa Bay.
Nelson has played at the last two World Championships, helping Team USA win a bronze medal at last year's tournament, where he had 10 points in 10 games.
Team USA 1-0-2 right now and in sixth place in Group B. The preliminary round lasts until May 22.
Good luck to Nelson and his team and, as always, remember: DO NOT GET HURT.
Another Islander looks to be skipping the Worlds this year, though. Nikolay Kulemin was invited by Russia to play for the host country, but it appears he won't be going. Arthur Staple of Newsday hints at a lingering injury, but there might also be some paperwork keeping him Kulemin out, according to Today's Slapshot.
Kulemin's been a regular presence for Team Russia and has represented his country at seven World Championships.
He also struggled for long stretches this season for the Islanders, scoring nine goals and 13 assists in 81 games and going dry for weeks at a time. So maybe some rest is a good idea.