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Originally Posted by SnowblindNYR View Post
I'd much rather have a guy that has a great brain but only average to above average everything else (with a good work ethic) than a guy that has great skill but an average to above average brain (even with a good work ethic). He's worked and improved on his skating and shot. He's not a scrub when it comes to those things. He's on pace for almost 30 goals. Yes Nash is a much better than expected playmaker, but he's not playing with a prime Jagr on his wing.

There are two things he can practice that would make him an elite player. One is to shoot better. He can practice on his own or with a coach or a goalie. If he learns to shoot a little stronger, release a little faster and be a little more accurate, he would become a double threat offensively (shooting and passing).

The other thing he needs to improve on is his face-off ability, which is more difficult because he needs random partners to practice this. You can't just go up against the same guy because he'll just learn to cheat against that particular guy's ability. But it wouldn't be the worst thing if the Rangers created a faceoff training camp for young kids like Stepan, Miller, St. Croix, Nieves, Jean and even Lindberg.

If Step improving his faceoff skill, it would lead to fewer goals against and more goals for, increasing both his point total and his +/-.

If he did these two things, he'd be a point per game franchise player. Neither requires tremendous improvement, but little things can make a big difference. As in being a $4M player vs. $7M player.

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