Larry Brooks at the New York Post notes that despite Rick Nash's lack of production, Rangers fans are still loving him because of his workmen like effort...
"If it is clear we’ve yet to see the full kaleidoscope of Nash’s imposing game, it is equally clear that lack of production hasn’t been for a lack of trying. The winger has been involved, he has been on the puck, he has been recording shots at a rate historically consistent with his first nine years in the NHL and he has been defensively responsible."
Nash addressed his slow start in the goal scoring problem...
"I know the goals aren’t there, but that’s not a concern for me as long as I play the right way and as long as I get the opportunities. Really, it’s not bothering me.”
Despite scoring just three goals, Nash does have 44 shots on goal in the 11 games.
...great observation by Brooks. I have taken a few shots at Nash's lack of production on the blog and each time I've been scortched by a number of readers accordingly. Nash is making plays on virtually every shift and his effort cannot be questioned.To be honest, I didn't realize how physical of a player Nash is. He is far from being a primadonna superstar. He likes to get dirty, which has enamored him to Rangers fans immediately.
...reader Josh K. mentioned in last night's game recap comments section that Nash actually has the identical numbers this season as last year. And the year before his numbers were actually worse. Both those years ended with 30+ goals, so expect Nash to start finding the back of the net sooner rather than later.
He's also got 6 assists, and one of those goals last night was almost his except it brush Hagelin's hand on the way to the goal. I don't see any need to panic. With a new team and no training camp, I think he's done pretty well.
I'm more curious to know about his weird tendency to look straight at the camera during interviews rather than at the interviewer... what's up with that, Rick?
@TheNYRBlog Love everything about his game. Sure the goals aren't were they need to be but his overall PPG is on par with his career #s
@TheNYRBlog he's been great, my only complaint is I wish he'd be a little selfish sometimes, shoot more
His role on this team is also different; in Columbus he was IT. They had nothing else. Here, by merely being on the ice he opens up a ton of space for his line-mates (See Hagelin). While I'd sure like to see more goals, I have no doubt they will come.
Nash is everything advertised plus some. Its rare to see a star player whos game is as complete as his. Sucks Dubi and Artie are gone but the trade definitely seems worth it.
@TheNYRBlog Nash sets up so many plays to the likes we didn't see most of last year. Impeccable passing and movement. I'm on the Nashwagon.
@PureLuckLLC Absolutely! How could you not credit the guy with the amount of assists he has!? He has those assists because he attracts double and triple teams as we saw lastnight. He opens everything up! Love his game and I couldn't be happier with him. The goals will come.
@PureLuckLLC He has absolutely jumped started both Hagelin and Stepan.
@ATCRyan I wonder after dubi's contract is up the rags will sign him again for shits and gigs
@capo_of_clifton Crazy. If he was showboating out there I'd be concerned about lack of production. But the guy is playing hard.
I think Anisimov's contract is up after this year and he should be a UFA. If they could get him or Dubi back for a reasonable cap hit that would be a plus. Although Pyatt has filled in Dubi's role just fine at quarter of the cap hit
@TheNYRBlog I just hope those chanting "We Don't Want You" last year are taking a long hard look at themselves. :)
@TheNYRBlog Exactly. Like I said after the Devils game, I pride myself in being an even keeled, realistic fan haha. People overreact.
@TheNYRBlog For real it would have screwed with our mojo last season, but this season. "Yes We Want You!"
@karlstanton I disagree. I didn't want him on last year's team, still don't know how his acquisition would have affected chemistry.