The following article appeared on www.sports.yahoo.com on Saturday, December 9, 2017 featuring former Cornell standout Riley Nash, who is a forward with the Boston Bruins.
By Joe Haggerty
NBC Sports Boston
BRIGHTON, Mass – Riley Nash has carved out a niche for himself as a reliable bottom-6 forward at the NHL. He plays the 200-foot game, is versatile enough to play all of the positions up front and puts up enough offense to realistically hold onto a spot as a mainstay on the third or fourth line for most NHL teams.
But the 28-year-old Nash is also a first-round pick, so there are always those flashes of offensive skill that hint at a little more under the surface. It's never really manifested into anything consistent at the NHL level with his best season producing 10 goals and 24 points for the Carolina Hurricanes back in 2013-14. But even last season Nash really came on strong in the second half of the year and scored two goals in a huge road win over the New York Islanders, and now he finds himself centering a third line with a couple of offensive wingers in Danton Heinen and David Backes.
Nash finished with a couple of assists in the Thursday night win over the Coyotes along with a game-high six shots on net and a plus-3 rating, and is on pace for six goals and a career-best 35 points. Nash hopes it's the beginning of a hot stretch offensively for him and a line that's looked good since they were put together, and there's no doubting that the potential is there.
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