Rick Nash: 5 Reasons Why He'll Have the Best Season of His Career in 2013

Ben Lippel@thewritebenContributor IIISeptember 4, 2012

Rick Nash: 5 Reasons Why He'll Have the Best Season of His Career in 2013

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    "If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." Thomas Edison

    The great American inventor's words were meant to inspire the masses to reach for the greatness within. Some, for whatever reason, will not do all the things they are capable of. However, some will. And that list includes Rick Nash, who is going to embark on his inaugural season with the New York Rangers.

    The big winger has had many great years throughout his nine-year career in the National Hockey League. But the 2013 campaign stands to be his best ever.

    Read on to discover the five reasons why he'll astound himself. And the rest of us. 

    Photo accompanying the introduction courtesy of newyorksportnews.com

    Famous quotes from Thomas Edison featured throughout the story courtesy of brainyquote.com

He's Got the Supporting Cast

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    "What you are will show in what you do."

    As a member of the moribund Columbus Blue Jackets for nine seasons, Rick Nash toiled as the lone marquee figure in what amounted to a hockey purgatory. Yet he scored 289 goals during that time, without being surrounded by the most talented teammates. And for all of his efforts, he still has only one playoff series on his ledger. 

    A change in scenery should change all of that.

    Now, No. 61 gets the chance to lace 'em up game after game with highly-skilled and determined players such as:

    Brad Richards

    Marian Gaborik

    Ryan Callahan

    Chris Kreider

    Ryan McDonagh

    Dan Girardi

    and last but certainly not least, Henrik Lundqvist

    Each one of these exceptional players will push Nash to get to the next level, as the Rangers collectively strive to hold their position amongst hockey's elite.

    Up Next: Find out how Rick Nash will benefit from Torts' reform. 

He's Got the Coaching

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    "Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure."

    When it comes to his team, Rangers bench boss John Tortorella is never thoroughly satisfied. He pushes his players to limits even they didn't think they could reach.

    Rick Nash will be no different. 

    Tortorella will help Nash have his best season ever by giving him plenty of ice time in multiple situations, and by grinding on him if or when he needs to. But the slightest of slip ups by the big guy will have the fiery coach breathing down his neck in a New York minute. No surprises there.

    Given all that, Tortorella knows he has another important piece of the puzzle in place. According to NHL Insider at nhl.com, the coach sees Nash as an ideal fit on Broadway.

    "In Nash you are bringing in one of the top power forwards in the National Hockey League," Tortorella said. "We're very excited to have picked up a player that we think is just going to bust out and get to the next level of his career coming to the Rangers."

    Up Next: Find out what puts the bash and the crash in Rick Nash.

He's Got the Attitude

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    "There is no substitute for hard work."

    Rick Nash clearly understands the idea of hard work. And that suits John Tortorella just fine.

    According to blueshirtsunited.com, here's what the Rangers head coach had to say:

    The thing I like about Nash -- and I haven't even met him face to face -- in one conversation with him, he's all business. Everyone I have talked to about him says he's not a real high-maintenance guy -- [he] wants to play hard, wants to play every day and practice every day. I think we have him at a really good time in his career, and I think he's going to fit in with us tremendously.

    Up Next: Find out who's finally on Nash's side. 

He's Got the Fans

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    "The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work."

    Rangers fans at Madison Square Garden recognized opportunity last February, as they loudly chanted "We don't want you" to Rick Nash when he played for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    But time has a way of changing these sorts of things.

    When Rangers' general manager Glen Sather orchestrated the Nash deal back in July, the diehards who faithfully attend Blueshirts games season after season had to immediately change their tunes. And when they witness all the talent and tenacity No. 61 brings to the table, they'll take him in as one of their own.

    That's how quickly allegiances are sworn on Broadway.

    Up Next: Read about what Nash is closer to than ever before.

He's Got the Chance

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    "Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."

    The Rangers are trying to accomplish something. And Rick Nash will be at at the forefront of it.

    They are one of the best teams in the NHL, and are determined to reach even higher, after losing to the New Jersey Devils in last season's Eastern Conference Finals.

    For this hockey club, falling six wins short of the Stanley Cup isn't good enough. They have the skill, speed, size and strength to go just as deep again.

    Perhaps even deeper with Nash in the lineup. 

    Up Next: The Bonus Slide, featuring a few words from Mr. Nash himself.

He's Got the Intangibles and the Touch

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    Rick Nash brings many things to the table for the New York Rangers.

    And class is high up on the list.

    Here's an article on the "Thank You" ad he took out in the Columbus Dispatch when he left town. 

    Get to know more about Mr. Nash, including why he wears No. 61 here.

    Plus, check out the accompanying video for an out-of-this-world goal he once scored against the Phoenix Coyotes.

    You will no doubt be impressed.


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