From what I've seen, Nash's shot isn't elite like Kovalchuk's or Tavares's...he's got a strong, accurate shot. What makes him dangerous is his size/speed/puck handling combo.
He's a seriously underrated passer. Over the course of an 82 game season, he's currently on pace for ~54 assists. That would have been good for 6th in the NHL last season.
Yeah, a small sample size, and I don't expect 50+ assists from him (could see it happening once or twice), but once his goal totals start to come up (they will, he's shooting at a 5.8% conversion rate...career average is 12.5%), it'll even out, and, ultimately, I believe he'll be a PPG player, which is elite in this league.
I'm gonna give it more than 15 games, though, before I declare anything a shoe in - just a projection based on what I've seen. And if he DOES produce a PPG, then, yeah, people here should be eating crow. We'll see what happens.
Nash is a great player. I honestly did not see much of him when he played with columbus but now that he has been with the Rangers I have seen at least half or more of his games and he has blown me away with his skill and poise.
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Iginla didn't play on a team that scored goals in his prime either... his whole career actually. Nash is not as good offensively as Iginla.
Not to the degree of Nash. Go look how many times during Nash's prime Columbus finished in the bottom 3 of goal scoring. Columbus has been an AWFUL team for most of its existence. Calgary has certainly had some bad years but were still usually in the middle of the pack. Iginla has clearly been the better player but Nash has had a WHOLE lot working against him since he entered the league.