Nelson is a Williston, N.D., native and won that state's Mr. Hockey award in 2010. He is in his third season of junior hockey, having played one season in Alexandria of the NAHL before getting drafted by the USHL's Force ninth overall in that league's 2011 entry draft. In two seasons with Fargo, he has 44 points, including 22 goals, over 96 games. He is fifth on this year's team in scoring.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pounder will turn 21 in April.