Riley Nash is safe. That encompasses everything he does for Boston.
Everything he does is a safe, easy decision that makes him a good defensive forward who makes the safe pass, the safe zone entry, the shot that isn’t super tough to catch but gets a faceoff? That’s Nash’s game in a nutshell.
Unfortunately, because he’s such a safe, low danger player he finds himself more often than not in the unenviable position of having a mere 9 points where players that aren’t exactly as good defensively as he is or as good at generating zone entries as him. Players are definitely boosted by having him on their line, such as Moore and Spooner, but they aren’t able to create too many fantastic chances.
And that’s if he shoots at all. Right now, Riley Nash is sporting a Shooting-% that is the worst on the team among forwards by two percentage points. He’s almost never taking shots.
Meanwhile, while he played on the fourth line, he was doing pretty well and keeping Dominic Moore and [WINGER HERE] quite honest and defensively sound. One wonders if he might be better suited to duties there given his play style.
It’s not that he’s bad, it’s just that he’s way too safe in a year where Boston needs players to be playing dangerous with their chances in front of opposing goalies.
Games Played: 54
Season CF% as of 2/2/17: 56.56%