It has been a rough couple of years for Rick Nash. He had a solid first year for the New York Rangers with 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 44 games. Fans were expecting a lot more of him because of all the hype surrounding his trade to broadway. Once the playoffs rolled around, the wheels fell off for Nash. He only scored one goal in the 12 games the Rangers played.
He faced high expectations once again when this season started, but it was a rough start for Nash. He missed a month with a concussion and had a hard time finding his game once he came back. But now Nash is finally breaking out, and that is wonderful news for the Rangers and their fans.
Over the last eight games, Nash has seven goals. That is the player the Rangers thought they were getting when they shipped off Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and fan favorite Brandon Dubinsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets back in the summer of 2012. The Rangers have been hot recently, and there is absolutely no coincidence that Nash is scoring.
When Nash goes, so do the Rangers. To make things even better, Alain Vigneault has finally found a line combination that brings out the best in Nash. He is with Derek Stepan, who played great with Nash last season, and Chris Kreider, who has shown great chemistry with his linemates.
Rangers fans have been waiting to see this type of play from Nash since he was acquired. There is a reason why Nash was the no. 1 pick way back in 2002. He is a rare combination of skill and size. He has the ability to snipe a goalie from anywhere on the ice, and that is what he has been doing lately. Whether it is from the blue line or on his back, Nash is finding holes and putting the puck in the net. The Rangers need Nash to score consistently in order for them to continue their hot play.
Nash even admits that he is a streaky goal scorer. Well, there is no better time to break that label than now. On a serious note, Nash is playing All-star level hockey right now. Rangers fans are loving the fact that Nash is heating up and are excited to see what comes next.