Andrew Nielsen, the 22-year-old defenseman, is the newest member of the Stockton Heat. The Calgary Flames acquired Nielsen from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night in exchange for forward Morgan Klimchuk.
Nielsen, native of Red Deer Alberta in Canada, in his third season of the American Hockey League. He played in 152 games for the Toronto Marlies and registered 20 goals, 70 assists and 237 penalty minutes.
He has played in just eight games this season with the Marlies, but he will look to be a big contributor in Stockton. The Heat’s defense will get an added boost, an area where they have struggled at times this season, ranking in the bottom third of the league is goals allowed per game.
Nielsen’s size and strength plays a big part of his defensive game, standing at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. He had 14 goals and 39 points in his 20-year-old season. He regressed slightly last season and this year he got off to a slow start with the Marlies in and out of the lineup.