With his first year on Broadway in the books, it is time to look back and see how Rick Nash fared in his first season with the New York Rangers.
He had some stellar moments and quickly showed fans why he was a former no. 1 pick in the NHL draft. Nash got off to a slow start, not scoring goals at the pace most people had expected him to. But, he eventually started showing people why he is one of the best offensive players in the league. Nash finished the regular season with 21 goals and 42 points in 44 games.
Another positive about Nash was how he helped elevate the play of Derek Stepan. It is clear to everyone in the league that Stepan is now the no. 1 center on the team. Him and Nash have an obvious connection, but were never kept together as the Rangers had multiple injuries along with former coach John Tortorella shuffling his lines all the time.
Now it is time to talk about the ugly: the playoffs.
It is clear to anyone who watched the Rangers’ playoff games that Nash was getting great looks to score, but that means squat when he is not putting pucks in the net. It took Nash nine games to find the back of the net. He finished the playoffs with one goal in 12 games.
This is a bad sign for Rangers fans as Nash clearly began to get frustrated late in the playoffs before the team were bounced from the dance. He needs to figure out how to produce in the playoffs, or the Garden faithful will turn on him quickly.
Nash had some great moments in his first season wearing the blue and red, but he also laid a colossal egg in the playoffs. You can’t really get a feel for Nash because of the lockout, but I feel that he will flourish with a new coach coming in for the Rangers.