Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Nielsen
Right-winger Jeff Nielsen played briefly with the New York Rangers and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the late 90s. He had good size and a decent touch around the net which were more evident in college, the minors and Europe.

The native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota was a scoring star in high school where many NHL scouts took note of his talent. He was chosen 69th overall by the New York Rangers at the 1990 Entry Draft then enrolled at the University of Minnesota. In 1993-94 he scored 29 goals for the Golden Gophers and was voted on to the WCHA second all-star team.

During his first three pro seasons, Nielsen reached the 20-goal mark for the AHL's Binghamton Rangers. He made it into two games for the "Blueshirts" but opted to sign with Anaheim in August 1997. Nielsen decided to go to Europe at the start of the 1997-98 season scored 14 goals for Leksands of Sweden before joining the Ducks. In 1998-99, the young forward played 80 games for the Ducks where he was predominantly a checker.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks High-MN 21 9 11 20 14
1988-89 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks High-MN 25 13 17 30 26
1989-90 Grand Rapids Thunderhawks High-MN 28 32 25 57
1990-91 University of Minnesota WCHA 45 11 14 25 50
1991-92 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 14 14 28 70
1992-93 University of Minnesota WCHA 42 21 20 41 80
1993-94 University of Minnesota WCHA 41 29 16 45 94
1994-95 Binghamton Rangers AHL 76 24 13 37 139 7 0 0 0 22
1995-96 Binghamton Rangers AHL 64 22 20 42 56 4 1 1 2 4
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
1996-97 Binghamton Rangers AHL 76 27 26 53 71 4 0 0 0 7
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 32 4 5 9 16 -1
1997-98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 18 4 8 12 37 +7
1998-99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 5 4 9 34 -12 4 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 8 10 18 14 +4
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 1 1 2 2 +1
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 3 8 11 4 -16
NHL Totals 252 20 27 47 70 4 0 0 0 2


Brother of Kirk
WCHA Second All-Star Team (1994)
Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, August 18, 1997. Claimed by Minnesota from Anaheim in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000.