Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 10/2/13
Rick Nash is facing a huge amount of pressure. Starting Thursday As the Rangers prepare to open their season on Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes, they will do so missing two of their presumptive top six forwards and with their de facto top line center behind the eight ball thanks to Derek Stepan’s (partial) holdout. Throw in the continued struggles of the likes of Chris Kreider and the less than inspiring preseason of Brad Richards and the pressure on Rick Nash to lead an offense has never been greater. Despite being part of a far more talented collective in New York, Nash wouldn’t even have faced this level of expectancy in Columbus where he was the lone elite talent. In New York this season, the Rangers’ burley power forward is expected to lead a contender’s offense for the first time and in a legitimate big sports market (sorry Ohio). At the start of last year it was assumed Brad Richards was still a top line center. The excitement of Chris Kreider’s arrival was still very re...
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