Riley Nash
Riley Nash
30-Year-Old CenterC
Columbus Blue Jackets
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Serving primarily as the Bruins' third-line center, Nash logged 15 goals and 41 points in 76 games last season. He then parlayed his career year into a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Blue Jackets. It remains to be seen if the 29-year-old can match the offensive numbers he put up last year, but either way, Nash profiles as a reliable two-way center who can kill penalties. Though he's best suited for a bottom-six work, Nash can hold his own when moved up in the lineup, a trait that no doubt appealed to the Columbus organization. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Blue Jackets in July of 2018.
Season comes to end
CColumbus Blue Jackets
Undisclosed
May 8, 2019
Nash (shoulder) wasn't able to return to the lineup before Columbus was bounced from the playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Nash missed the final three games of a second-round series versus Boston after recording three points in the previous seven postseason contests. It was no doubt a disappointing year for the 29-year-old, as he saw his ice time drop to just 10:50 per game (compared to 15:25 in 2017-18) and with it, his production (12 points). The Blue Jackets signed the center coming off a career-high 41 points with Boston and have yet to see that player show up for them. Unless he can earn back some of those minutes, Nash figures to be a mid-range fantasy option at best heading into 2019-20.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    10:50
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:17
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
13:48
0:03
1:57
2017–18
15:25
0:25
1:54
2018–19
10:50
0:05
0:17
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Though Nash got off to a slow start last season, the 28-year-old’s standing with the B’s was solidified by his improved level of play down the stretch. While the seven goals and 17 points he finished with through 81 games in 2016-17 were hardly big numbers, Nash impressed the Boston brass enough to land on the team’s protected list for the expansion draft. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder thus remains entrenched in the bottom-six ranks, where he'll continue bringing grit, savvy and the occasional bit of offense to the table.
Nash, coming off four seasons with the Hurricanes, signed with the Bruins as a free agent in July. The 27-year-old recorded nine goals and 22 points in 64 games for the Hurricanes last season, and has never scored more than 25 points in a single campaign. He figures to carve out a bottom-six role for the Bruins – more than likely on the fourth line, a role that carries limited fantasy utility.
Nash and the Hurricanes looked as though they could be headed for a parting of ways this offseason after Carolina declined to extend him a qualifying offer, but the team instead opted to let him go through the unrestricted free agency process before ultimately bringing him back on a one-year, $1.15 million contract. Last season, Nash enjoyed a stint as the Canes’ second-line center after Jordan Staal opened the season with a broken leg, but wound up back on the third line following Staal’s return to the lineup. Still, Nash finished the season with a career-high 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 68 games, and could be primed for more this season. He qualifies as a decent late-round pickup in medium to deeper fantasy formats.
In his second full season with the ‘Canes, Nash posted a career-high 24 points (10G, 14A) in 73 games. Nash’s role over the past two seasons has been that of checking-line center, anchoring the team’s third line between Patrick Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe. Nash is a great example of a player who is worth more to his NHL team than to fantasy owners. He’s a decent two-way center who is fairly responsible defensively, based on his plus-minus rating of 0 and minus-4, respectively, over the past two seasons. Problem is, Nash doesn’t figure prominently in any particular stat category, including secondary ones like PIM, hits or blocked shots. He doesn’t even see very much PK duty, averaging just 0:45 per game in SH TOI. Ultimately, this renders his fantasy value fairly limited outside of ultra-deep formats.
Nash is a low-ceiling 2-way center. His strengths are winning face-offs and killing penalties. Both admirable traits but, unfortunately they will prove to be far more valuable to Carolina than to your fantasy time. The ice time might be there in 2013-14 but the offensive production will only disappoint you in the long run. You should pass on Nash and look for centers with more upside.
Known as a consistent playmaker, Nash is just one of the many Hurricanes' prospects vying for an NHL job straight out of training camp. While this is purely speculative, he may have a leg up over other prospects after foregoing what would have been his final year at Cornell University to sign a three-year, entry-level deal with the 'Canes in July of 2010. If Riley does make the team, he could either be a dark horse fantasy pick in deep leagues, or someone worth hanging onto in keeper formats.
Nash was the Oilers first round pick in 2007. The offensive skills are there, but Nash will need to develop physically before he can even think about playing in the NHL. He is still at least a year away.
Nash is progressing very well while playing College hockey at Cornell. His size is the only impediment to him becoming a complete NHL player. He will return to Cornell for this season, but could represent Canada at the World Juniors Championship in Ottawa.
Nash will play at Cornell in 2007-08, his freshman campaign. He's got a good skill set, but needs to mature physically.
Many consider Nash a safe pick -- extremely hard working with solid skills. But a small handful of folks believe he has the raw skills that could some day turn him into an absolute monster on the wing. A kind of Todd Bertuzzi before he went over to the dark side. Nash isn't finished growing and could add another three or four inches to his 6' frame. And he already has pretty good speed and hands, so anything is possible. He's a long way off but don't forget about him -- admire from afar for at least three years.
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Out for Game 6
CColumbus Blue Jackets
Undisclosed
May 6, 2019
Nash (undisclosed) will not suit up for Monday's Game 6 tilt against the Bruins, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
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Still sidelined
CColumbus Blue Jackets
Undisclosed
May 4, 2019
Nash (undisclosed) isn't expected to be available for Saturday's Game 5 against the Bruins, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
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Ruled out for Game 4
CColumbus Blue Jackets
Undisclosed
May 2, 2019
Nash (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's Game 4 matchup with the Bruins.
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Back on bench
CColumbus Blue Jackets
April 27, 2019
Nash returned to the bench late in the first period of Saturday's Game 2 in Boston after going to the locker room earlier, Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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Hurt early in Game 2
CColumbus Blue Jackets
Undisclosed
April 27, 2019
Nash (undisclosed) had to go to the locker room early in the first period of Saturday's Game 2 against Boston after taking a big hit, Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
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