Rick Nash not the same player he used to be

6/23/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) during the second period in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY SportsGoing into the Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers needed to have all hands on deck to compete with the Kings' offensive firepower.

While the likes of Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, and Chris Kreider all stepped up for their hockey club, one key offensive cog for the Rangers did not.

That player was Rick Nash. Nash, who has 336 career goals to his name, scored just three goals this postseason. Not only did he not score a lot, but he did not score despite leading the league with 83 shots in the postseason.

For the Rangers, this had to be extremely disappointing. The team acquired Nash in the 2012 off-season in hopes that he would join the Rangers and be the guy that scored at least 30 goals seven times and at 40 goals twice with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It is clear that after two seasons with the Blueshirts, Nash is not the same player that he used to be. Sure, he's averaged about 24 goals in his two seasons with the team but that is not what the Rangers got him for.

One reason why the Rangers got Nash was because of the kind of offense he could provide. While with the Blue Jackets, Nash put the puck in the net with regularity and was really a goal scoring machine.

Since joining the Rangers, Nash has not been that kind of players. 47 goals in two seasons is not what the team was hoping for when they acquired him.

Speaking of not scoring goals like he used to, he has been a non-factor in both of the postseasons with the Rangers. Last season, Nash scored just one goal in 12 games and this year, he had just three goals 25 games.

When Nash was a Blue Jacket, he was hard to knock off the puck. He used to skate through guys and when someone was on him, he could shake them off and go hard to net.

That has not been his style of play with the Rangers. Instead, Nash seems to get into the offensive zone and then tries to spin his way past opposing defenders, which is not the way his game works.

At least as of now, Nash is not the player that the Rangers thought they were getting when they acquired him two summers ago. Rather, Nash is a shell of himself.

Should this continue into next season, the team might have to find a way to part ways with someone who was supposed to score lots of goals, much like they did with the likes of Luc Robitaille, Alex Kovalev, Theoren Fleury all those years ago.
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