As I have been doing the for the past weeks, I'm showcasing a player from Team USA or Team Canada as a player of the day. Today's player is the heart and soul of the Columbus Blue Jackets, their franchise player, the prototypical NHL power forward and a sniper to boot: Rick Nash.
Rick played for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he got 66 points as a rookie. His rookie point total won him the Emms Family Award as the OHL's top rookie. The following year he amassed 72 points in 54 games. Following his sophomore season with the Knights he was drafted 1st overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He joined the Blue Jackets the same year as his draft and scored a goal in his first game. He was the eighth player taken 1st overall to score a goal in his first game, and the first to do so since Mario Lemieux. After his rookie season, he was nominated for the Calder Trophy, but eventually lost out to Barrett Jackman of the St. Louis Blues. The following year he was tied with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuck for the league lead in goals with 41. He was also the youngest player in history to lead the NHL in goals.
During the NHL lockout he joined Joe Thornton playing for HC Davos. While playing for Davos, he recorded 46 points in 44 games. He also recorded 11 points in 15 playoff games and helping to lead Davos to the Swiss League Championship and the Spengler Cup.
The year following the lockout Nash was sidelined with knee and ankle injuries. Despite being out for most of the beginning of the season, he was still named to Team Canada for the 2006 Olympics in Turin. After returning to the Blue Jackets for the remainder of the 2005-06 season, he recorded points at a point per game pace and totaling 54 points and games played.
As always Rick's cards, and those of other players can be purchased through Checkoutmycards.com and Sportsbuy.com. I should also mention that I will be accepting offers, no ifs ands or buts, at Checkoutmycards.
2009-10 Upper Deck #119
2009-10 Artifacts #90
2008-09 SP Authentic HoloFX #FX54