When the NHL’s 2002 first overall draft pick, Rick Nash, was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers needed an eilte goal scorer and Nash needed a new home. Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, and, young defenseman, Tim Erixon were all uprooted from New York and traded to Columbus, Ohio. Nash, the “at will goal scorer” chose the New York Rangers as the team to which he would agree on a trade; as per the stipulations in his No Trade Clause. It was a trade that shocked most, and ruffled many feathers.
Last year was the lockout shortened season and Nash posted 21 goals for 42 points in 44 games. The nearly point per game pace was exactly what the Rangers needed. This season Nash missed several games with a concusion. In the 53 games he played he posted 22 goals for 34 points. Regardless of the games he missed, Nash is scoring at a rate just above a half point per game, leaving many to say he is under producing. During both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics Nash played well for team Canada; earning gold medals in both appearances.
This year is Nash’s 11th NHL season. To date, he has played 16 post season games in two different seasons. In 2008-09 the Blue Jackets were eliminated in the first round after only four games. Nash posted one goal and three assists. Last year Nash posted one goal and four assists in 12 games. He seemed impossible to find when he was on the ice and well after being eliminated it was announced he had played injured.Was he really injured or was it just an excuse for poor performance?
So today’s question is this: Do you think Rick Nash has what it takes to play at the level he was meant to be producing or will he go through a phase of scoring and return to his quiet, invisible ways?