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Where is Rick Nash going to play for the Bruins?

One spot is far more likely than the rest, but the Bruins can move him around.

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As the dust settles around this morning’s big trade, we’re left with a few questions:

  • Did the Bruins give up too much?
  • Will they regret trading Ryan Lindgren?
  • Is there something else coming?

The biggest and most immediate question, however, is a simpler one: where is Rick Nash going to play?

The big winger is a left shot and has played both wings from time to time. In Boston, he’s going to end up playing on the right wing.

The most likely spot

A new second line:

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Rick Nash

That’s not a bad second unit to roll over the boards. Another big body to get in on the forecheck, and a Big Winger™ that Krejci seems to love so much.

Given that he’s a rookie, it’s probably better to keep DeBrusk where he is and have the experienced Nash play on the right.

The other option

A shaken-up first line:

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Rick Nash

This one is less likely, as the current trio has been on fire all season. However, Bruce Cassidy has shown a willingness to pull David Pastrnak off that line when he feels it’s necessary.

It’s possible that he didn’t do it as much before because he didn’t feel that he had a suitable replacement. Does Nash change that?

Probably not, but it gives Cassidy options.

There is, of course, a chance that Nash ends up on the third line, but it isn’t likely. Cassidy likes that trio, and it would leave a whole on the second line with Spooner’s departure.

What do you think? Where would you like to see Nash play?