5:25PM: Alain Vigneault said of Nash today, “it’s what we are looking for as far as veteran leadership. Rick, at every practice, has been focused and paying attention, paying attention to details on the ice. Working extremely hard, this camp compared to last year, it’s night and day.”
9/28/14 | 9:39AM: On Friday in Chicago, Rick Nash played 16:16, had a primary assist, 5 shots on goal and 1 shot attempt blocked.
Nash set up Anthony Duclair’s goal on what Alain Vigneault called a “great pass.”
Asked about how he felt, Nash said that he felt “really good” and that he and his line had 3-4 chances that should have been goals, “but that will come.” (MSG)
Nash has said that he has come to camp in really good shape.
9/21/14 | 8:57PM: Rick Nash says that he feels “great” after a summer of cardio work because the Rangers asked him to come to training camp in better shape. (NY Post)
Nash said that he was in good shape at the start of last season but got hurt, a concussion, and that made the rest of the season tough for him. (NY Post)
He said that following his return from the concussion it was “tough” for him to “feel comfortable” playing the more physical side of the game. He said that it wasn’t as much being “careful” as much as not being “comfortable” in certain situations. (NY Post)
Nash said that he feels he played more physical in the playoffs and got to the “inside” more.(NY Post)
- In the regular season, Nash had 11 hits in 65 games.
- In the playoffs, Nash had 45 hits in 25 games.
On this season, Nash says that he is fine with any role the coaches put him in and that he feels good.(NY Post)
Alain Vigneault has mentioned the past two days that he will use part of training camp to see how Rick Nash looks on the left side after spending most of his time with the Rangers on the right side.
Asked about potentially being used on the left side, Nash said “I got no problem with that. I started out as a LW and switched over after playing LW for a few years. I don’t mind either side.” (NYR)
Asked about being more comfortable on the right, Nash said “I think that if I spent a month on the left it would come all back to me but the right feels more normal right now.” (NYR)
Nash said after he was acquired that he was fine playing either side.
He is listed as a LW on the Rangers website.
12:03PM: Nash is listed as a bounceback candidate by NHL.com. They expect Nash to score 30 goals and get 65 points. (NHL.com)
9/8/14 | 9:41AM: Ken Campbell has Rick Nash listed at #1 on his list of “top 10 players/coaches” on the hot seat. (THN)
He says that Nash “simply can’t produce” when his teams need him the post and that if you combine all of his playoff games and his Olympic games, he has 7 goals in 54 games. (THN)
Campbell says that in the past Nash was able to drive to the net with players all over him and now he can’t seem to find his way to the net. (THN)
Nash was ranked 11th on NHL.com’s list of the top LW’s.
They say that while Nash needs to produce, his value goes beyond points as he has become one of the Rangers “most important” penalty killers, plays against the top players on the other team and is relied upon to be good away from the puck. (NHL.com)
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Adam Rotter: I don’t see Nash on the “hot seat” for the regular season. I think he will be around 60 points, score 30 goals, and be the same streaky/sometimes awesome player that he has been since he came to the Rangers. The playoffs though is another story and he will have a tremendous amount of pressure on him to produce. His lack of scoring last year was an issue but was overshadowed a bit by Marty St. Louis, Henrik Lundqvist’s performance and the fact that the Rangers were winning without him. It’s a long way to the playoffs but come April the “hot seat” will be waiting for Nash.
Rick Nash’s career high in points is 79 and only three other times in his career has he cracked the 60 point mark.
- In 2013, Nash had 42 points in 44 games which puts him on a 78 point pace.
Nash has 10 straight 20 goal seasons and has scored 30 goals in 7 of those seasons.
In the Dobber Hockey Fantasy Guide, they write “Are you ready to stop banking on name and potential and call him a 60-point player who occasionally gets 65-69?” (Dobber Hockey)
Nash, 30, is signed for four more seasons with a cap hit of $7.8 million.
- Dobber projects Nash to score 30 goals and 26 assists.
- Sports Forecaster has Nash scoring 33 goals and adding 25 assists.
- The Hockey News has Nash scoring 31 goals and adding 22 assists.
Adam Rotter: 30+ goals and 30 or so assists won’t justify Nash’s cap hit but it’s realistic to expect and probably along the lines of what he will end up. Nash has put up pretty consistent numbers when healthy and there is no reason to think that, if healthy, he won’t do the same. That said, everything with Nash this season is just a set up for what he will/won’t do in the playoffs.
8/8/14| 11:04AM: The Hockey News Pool Guide has Rick Nash scoring 31 goals and adding 22 assists in 76 games.
They write that while Nash doesn’t score in the playoffs, there is no risk of him doing that in the regular season.
Last season, Nash had:
- Regular Season: 26 goals, 13 assists 65 games
- Playoffs: 3 goals, 7 assists, 25 games
Kevin Weekes said earlier in the offseason, “Rick Nash can look at ways that he can bounce back. It was a difficult post season for him, I’ve known him a long time, he is a character guy and one of the elite goal scorers of this generation but maybe he needs to go back to school a bit and say that he can make some adjustments to be the Rick Nash that he expects and also the Rick Nash that everyone expects.” (Rangers)
Former NHL GM Craig Button talked about the expectation vs reality for Nash.
Nash is an “elite goal scorer” at even strength and he leads the league in 5 on 5 goals per 60 minutes since 2012. (NHL.com)
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Rick Nash said that on most game days he takes the subway or drives to Madison Square Garden from his apartment in lower Manhattan. (Dispatch)
Nash says that being in New York he doesn’t read the newspapers and stays away from the media.
In terms of fans, Nash said that with so many people in the city he hardly gets recognized which he says is “totally my style.”
Neither the Rangers or Nash are looking to at a trade that would send him away from the Rangers.
Craig Button recently talked about expectations vs reality for Nash.