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Nash (right) leads the Rangers in points with 16.
Expectations were high when the New York Rangers traded for power forward Rick Nash over the offseason. Nash was supposed to be the missing piece in the team’s quest for its first Stanley Cup in nearly two decades.
While the former Columbus Blue Jackets star hasn’t exactly torn up opposing defenses, he has been a strong presence in the New York lineup.
Nash has five goals and eleven assists in 16 games, leading the team in scoring. The former No. 1 overall draft pick is also spending an average time on ice of 21:16, which represents a career high.
In a full season Nash is capable of scoring 40-plus goals, so the Rangers would like to see his offensive production increase as the team currently sits at ninth in the Eastern Conference, just out of the playoffs.
But Nash has displayed a complete game in New York and so far has been a solid acquisition by the Blueshirts.