During the abbreivated training camp, Craig Custance of ESPN.com wrote about the impact that Rick Nash was likely to have with the Rangers.
Nash has two goals and five assists in 10 games for the Rangers but is scoreless in three of his last four and only had one shot on goal against the Islanders.
Custance spoke with Nash’s former Columbus teammate, Andrew Cassels, about how Nash is best utilized.
Cassels told Custance that Nash is at his best when he can pick up speed and get the puck around the opposing blue line to take it to the net, If you can get him the puck by going to the net hard, there are going to be rebounds. He creates so much offense just by driving to the net.”
Cassels was Nash’s center when he scored 41 goals in Columbus.
Ken Hitchcock, his former coach in Columbus, says that Nash is at his best when he is in a situation where the only thing he has to worry about is playing hockey. Hitchcock says that Nash was at his best in the Olympics and in Columbus when he was surrounded by players who had leadership roles and handled more of the “debris” around the team.