Casey Nelson
Casey Nelson
27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Nelson has dressed for 75 games with the Sabres over the past two seasons, but his services likely won't be necessary with the team stockpiling significant defensive depth in the past year. The 27-year-old American will either be kept around as the seventh defenseman or get sent down to the AHL, and Nelson's career total of 18 points in 93 games suggests he's unlikely to move the needle much even if he's in the lineup. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year extension worth $1.625 million with the Sabres in May of 2018.
Clears waivers
DBuffalo Sabres  Minors
October 1, 2019
Nelson cleared waivers, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
ANALYSIS
Nelson was the casualty of Buffalo upgrading their defense over the offseason. He appeared in 38 games for the Sabres last year, collecting one goal and five assists. The 27-year-old will head to AHL Rochester, and will surely see time with the big club later in the campaign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2016
Nelson was highly touted coming out of Minnesota-Mankato as an undrafted free agent and has shown a lot of promise in his first two seasons in the NHL. He played 37 games for the Sabres, scoring three goals and eight points, showcasing his two-way ability. However, at 26 years old Nelson is unlikely to become an impact player, and if he wants a roster spot he'll have to fend off plenty of competition at camp. It is more likely Nelson will serve as the Sabres' seventh defenseman and draw in and out of the lineup as necessary.
Nelson joined the Sabres for the final seven games of the 2015-16 regular season after three years at Minnesota-Mankato, finishing with three assists, eight penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating. The sample size is tiny, but Nelson fit in right away on the team’s third pairing, and his ability to skate and move the puck around with ease certainly made the adjustment a lot easier. However, he'll have to ward off competition during camp, as three other right-handed defensemen are already on the roster. Even if he makes the team, Nelson's role will still be rather limited to start out.
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Packs bags for AHL
DBuffalo Sabres  Minors
September 30, 2019
Nelson was waived by the Sabres for the purpose of reassignment Monday.
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Struggling to produce
DBuffalo Sabres  Minors
March 26, 2019
Nelson is without a point since returning from injury.
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Will play Monday
DBuffalo Sabres  Minors
February 25, 2019
Nelson is in the lineup Monday against the Maple Leafs, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Expected to play Tuesday
DBuffalo Sabres  Minors
Upper Body
February 17, 2019
Nelson (upper body) will not play Sunday in New Jersey, but will travel to Florida on Tuesday, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
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Back from conditioning
DBuffalo Sabres  Minors
Upper Body
February 17, 2019
Nelson (upper body) returned from his conditioning stint with AHL Rochester and is expected to play Sunday versus the Devils, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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