Player Name: Rick Nash
Position: Forward – Wing, Power Play, Penalty Kill
Games Played: 65
Shots on Goal: 258
Shots Blocked: 29
TOI: 28:22 Average
Strengths: Nash had a start to the season that was full of struggles and injury, and a lack of productivity. Going through the season he finally broke out, and went on to tally his 10th consecutive 20+ goal season, the only active NHL player to have a streak that long. Since his breakout, and the revival of Derek Stepan the two have become a pair that creates a significant threat on offense. He is arguably the Rangers top offensive forward and he knows how to put the puck in the back of the net. Since the game in Columbus against the Blue Jackets we’ve all seen Nash play with a passion that we had yet to witness in his days as a blue shirt. If he can carry that into the playoffs then he may finally see some success in the postseason.
Weaknesses: Most importantly he’s soft, and that may be the reason he disappears in the playoffs when everything gets tougher, especially this season in an upcoming series when the New York Rangers play the Philadelphia Flyers. He has a bad history of lackadaisical playoff performances and who knows if that will continue into this post-season or if he will finally breakout like he’s supposed to.
Post Season Prediction: Nash’s playoff performance can go one of two ways this post-season, if he plays with the passion we’ve seen in the closing weeks of the season then there is no reason he shouldn’t have a good post season. In comparison, if he decides to cower away from the physicality and the hustle that a post season brings then he’ll have a very typical one where he disappears.