Is Nash an MVP Candidate?

This season, enough can not be said about New York Rangers forward Rick Nash. At six foot four, the power forward can do it all. This season, he has certainly picked up his game after a struggled filled season last year. From scoring goals to helping out on the back check, Nash has been a front runner for the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player) since the beginning of this season.

As of today, in fifty seven games, he is tied for second in goals in the NHL with thirty seven (one behind Alexander Ovechkin with thirty eight) and fifty eight points. He leads the team this season with a plus minus of plus twenty four. He is an offensive force every time he is on the ice,  but being an MVP does not just account for your offensive play.

Being the most valuable player of the National Hockey League brings a lot of items to the table. The overall game of the winner is strictly scrutinized and the winner is voted by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

This season, Nash’s overall game has fully come around. His defensive awareness as well as his offensive prowess has allowed Nash to become a dangerous player on all ends of the ice. He is tied for first in the NHL with shorthanded goals and is responsible enough in his own end to be one of the best penalty killers on the team.

What stands out most about him is his relentless work ethic and how he gives 110% every shift he is out there. Since suffering concussions last year, he is finally healthy and playing without fear. He goes to the dirty areas in the corners and in front of the net and crashes hard to the net. He wants the puck and wants to win.

Rick Nash is finally playing with confidence and leading by example. He has veteran experience and is a great presence in the locker room. He leads by example and the whole team follows his lead. Nash is having a great season in every aspect and deserves to win the Hart Trophy. As much as he may downplay his outstanding season, Nash is at the top of the list of frontrunners and the whole league is aware of his stellar play. Come the end of the season, there is no doubt Rick Nash will have his name on the trophy.


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