Defenceman Todd Nelson made it to the NHL for three games in the early 90s. He was a fine playmaker with a good shot from the point which was on display for several years in the minors.
The native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan played junior with the local Raiders of the WHL. After scoring 59 points in 1988-89, he was chosen 79th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the NHL Entry Draft. Nelson enjoyed a solid last year of junior in 1989-90 with 55 points. He was voted on to the WHL East second all-star team in 1989 and 1990 then turned pro with the IHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks the next year.
Nelson played one game in 1991-92 with the Penguins but the reigning Stanley Cup champions had plenty of offense on the blueline from Larry Murphy,.....The young blueliner continued to accumulate points in the minors and was signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals in August, 1993. Nelson scored a goal in two games for the Caps then settled in with the AHL's Portland Pirates where he contributed to a Calder Cup championship in 1994. He continued to excel in the AHL before joining the IHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in 1996-97.