Free Agent Frenzy (Part IX): Generic Thread Title Edition
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07-11-2012, 07:57 PM
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I'll agree, he did age a little faster than I expected.
But the real drop really came in his assists, at least in the late 90s. So it wasn't that his wheels prevented him from scoring goals, it seemed more that his style just didn't mesh in a system that the Rangers were trying to implement.
Leetch's 70-80 point seasons were always going to be much heavier on assists. With no one to finish, and in the wrong system, the assists and the point totals fell sharply.
I view Nash in a somewhat similar fashion. A trainwreck team, a system that doesn't fit, and thus an inability to utilize his greatest strength - goals.
And make no mistake, Nash is nowhere near as good of a forward as Leetch was a defenseman.
No, I am not talking about offensive side of the game. I am saying the decline of his skating REALLY effected his defensive/transition game.
Leetch's defense came mainly through his mobility, when that started to go, he just wasn't as reliable on the backend.
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