It’s time to point out something completely obvious. The top line for the New York Rangers is good. It’s really good. You could probably say with absolute certainty that it is the best in the league.
The Rangers worked for almost a year to bring Rick Nash to Broadway. Persistent trade rumors didn’t speed up the pace, and Nash was finally sent from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Blueshirts last summer, in exchange for a package that included forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky.
The lockout postponed Nash’s debut, but it has proven to be worth the wait thus far for the Rangers and their fans. Joining the top line of Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, the Rangers very likely have what could be considered the most dangerous top forward unit in the league.
Richards and Gaborik each had fantastic seasons of their own last year, but Nash adds another element to this group. He adds some nice size and a bit of a physical presence, while still bringing an elite skill set. When you combine the three, you get a deadly combination. The results so far have proven that.
Each of the Rangers’ top trio has averaged a point per game. Richards has six points on the year, while Nash has five. The true star has been Marian Gaborik, who already has eight points to his credit this season, and already has a pair of game-winning goals.
On their own, Nash, Richards, and Gaborik are all top tier players in this league. But when you put them on the same team, and on the same line, they become absolutely terrifying for opponents. As the season wears on, particularly in the spring months when the postseason rolls around, opposing defensemen are going to be seeing these guys in their nightmares.