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October 23, 2020 12:04 AM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Signs one-year deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson inked a one-year, $700,000 pact with Buffalo on Thursday.

Nelson spent the entire 2019-20 campaign in the minors with AHL Rochester in which he recorded four goals, eight helpers and 10 PIM. The 28-year-old blueliner should have a chance at securing a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night, though it wouldn't come as a shock for him to end up back with the Americans.

October 2, 2019 12:48 AM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Clears waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson cleared waivers, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

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.

September 30, 2019 12:48 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Packs bags for AHL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson was waived by the Sabres for the purpose of reassignment Monday.

The Sabres added solid right-handed blueliners Henri Jokiharju and Colin Miller via trade this summer, which gave Nelson little margin for error during the preseason, and he couldn't crack the big club for Opening Night. Nelson posted just six points in 38 NHL games last year, but he was solid defensively with a 52.3 Corsi For percentage. If he's not claimed off waivers, Nelson will start the season with AHL Rochester.

March 26, 2019 05:28 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Struggling to produce
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson is without a point since returning from injury.

Nelson has been held pointless in the nine games he's played since re-joining the Sabres. In total, he hasn't produced during the past 12 contests he's appeared in. He has five points throughout 31 games this season. Nelson doesn't bring much fantasy value to the table.

February 26, 2019 01:28 AM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Will play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson is in the lineup Monday against the Maple Leafs, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Nelson has spent most of the season dealing with an upper-body injury, and he hasn't played since Dec. 4. Now he's healthy, while Nathan Beaulieu has been traded. That gives Nelson opportunity to earn his first playing time since the calendar turned to 2019.

February 17, 2019 03:52 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Expected to play Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (upper body) will not play Sunday in New Jersey, but will travel to Florida on Tuesday, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.

Nelson has been out since Dec. 4 after suffering an upper-body injury. He's scored five points in 22 games while averaging under 15 minutes of ice time per game. He should slot back into a top-four role on the blue line upon his return.

February 17, 2019 01:12 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Back from conditioning
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Nelson hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 4, but he was able to play in five minor-league games during his conditioning assignment. A roster spot still needs to be opened up and Nelson needs to be activated from injured reserve before he can enter the lineup.

February 8, 2019 11:00 AM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Out on conditioning assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (upper body) will join AHL Rochester on a conditioning assignment, the club announced Friday.

Nelson figures to suit up for at least the Americans' games versus Springfield and Utica on Friday and Saturday, respectively, but could spend a little more time with the minor-league club depending on how those outings go. The blueliner -- who has been sidelined since Dec. 4 versus Toronto -- could crack the 10-point mark for the first time in his career once healthy, though the 20-point threshold is likely unattainable given his lengthy absence from the lineup.

January 30, 2019 07:16 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Not among lineup changes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (upper body) wasn't named among the lineup changes made by coach Phil Housley on Wednesday, suggesting he will sit out against the Stars, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

Nelson practiced for the first time since Dec. 4 on Sunday, so there's a good chance he will require some time to get his legs under him. It also wouldn't be completely surprising if the team sent him on a conditioning stint in the minors, though his presence at practice may suggest otherwise. The undrafted blueliner has pieced together his best year to date, recording five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-6 rating over 22 games.

January 29, 2019 03:20 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Not expected to play Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (upper body) is slated to miss Tuesday's clash with Columbus, Craig Merz of reports.

Nelson -- who remains on injured reserve per the NHL media site -- is not expected to be activated for Tuesday's contest. The fact that the 26-year-old is practicing with the team does open the door for him to play sooner rather than later, which will force the Sabres into a decision regarding the blue line, as they are unlikely to carry nine defensemen on the 23-man roster.

January 27, 2019 10:24 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Back at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (upper body) joined the team for practice Sunday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

Nelson was injured Dec. 4 against Toronto and hadn't participated in practice since. His return to the ice is certainly a good sign for his health and means that he could be activated off injured reserve for Tuesday's tilt in Columbus. The right-handed blueliner had five points and a plus-6 rating in 22 games prior to his injury.

December 12, 2018 02:40 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Still not skating
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (upper body) has yet to begin skating, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Nelson has missed Buffalo's past two contests, and it appears he will miss some more time. Nelson has played in 22 games and collected five points. Even when he returns, he's the sixth defenseman at best, where he will rotate in and out of the lineup.

December 7, 2018 04:04 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Tabbed for injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site.

Considering Nelson was labeled week-to-week by the team, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him on IR. The blueliner is averaging a mere 14:42 of ice time this season, which will severely limit his fantasy value. Even once cleared to play, Nelson isn't a lock for regular minutes, especially once Matt Hunwick (neck) becomes available.

December 6, 2018 12:12 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Labeled week-to-week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson is considered week-to-week due to an upper-body injury.

Nelson departed Tuesday's game because of the issue, leaving his status in question as Saturday's game against the Flyers approaches. Considering the label, it's fairly safe to assume he won't be ready to return for Saturday's contest, which could force the Sabres to add another defenseman from the AHL if neither Matt Hunwick (neck) nor Marco Scandella (upper body) is able to retake the ice.

December 4, 2018 09:36 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Suffers injury Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson exited Tuesday's game versus the Maple Leafs with an undisclosed injury and is unlikely to return, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Nelson provides a solid defensive game that's necessary against a powerhouse like the Maple Leafs. His next chance to play will be Saturday versus the Flyers.

November 29, 2018 04:32 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Picks up assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson tallied a helper in Tuesday's victory over the Sharks.

Nelson was a healthy scratch for a stretch of four games, but has now played in five of the past six contests. He has a goal and assist during that span, doubling his point total for the year. Don't expect the points to come consistently, as he's on the third pairing when he plays, and doesn't receive power play time. If he can continue to stay in the lineup, he's on track to top the career-high eight points he set last season.

November 17, 2018 04:17 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: In lineup back home
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson will be in the lineup against host Minnesota on Saturday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

After spectating for four straight games, Nelson will tag in for Nathan Beaulieu, who is simply getting a night off. You would be hard-pressed to see any fantasy owner starting Nelson since he doesn't get much fanfare as an undrafted third-pairing defenseman. The 26-year-old with the right shot is from Minnesota, which probably factored into coach Phil Housley's decision to play him against the Wild.

November 10, 2018 01:08 AM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Healthy scratched
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson was stuck in the press box during Thursday's win in Montreal.

Nelson has primarily been utilized on the bottom pairing, and he's been limited to a pair of assists in the 13 games he's played. He came out for Nathan Beaulieu, who sat out for the prior three contests. Nelson should be considered Buffalo's seventh defenseman, and likely has more days in the press box ahead of him.

October 16, 2018 04:16 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Heading to press box
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against Vegas.

Nelson will take a seat with the return of Zach Bogosian to the lineup. Nelson had played in all five of Buffalo's games this season, but didn't contribute offensively. He had no points, and just three shots on net, but was a regular on the penalty kill. Consider him the team's seventh defenseman for the time being.

May 2, 2018 04:21 PM
Sabres' Casey Nelson: Inks extension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nelson signed a two-year, $1.625 million deal with the Sabres on Wednesday.

Nelson was set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, so this new contract will put an end to speculation regarding whether or not he'd be back with Buffalo in 2018-19. Once a highly regarded and highly sought after prospect, Nelson hasn't hit the heights that were expected of him as a pro, bouncing between the Sabres and AHL Rochester for the past two seasons. That said, the team feels it's positioned to start moving up in the standings next season and Nelson is seen as as somewhat key part of the defense's future, which will likely include uberprospect Rasmus Dahlin next season.

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