I'm an active member at Blueshirt Banter (NYR SB Nation site), and due to recent discussion on the site I wanted to ask you guys, taking fan bias out of it as much as possible, how valuable Rick Nash really is?On Blueshirt Banter we have seen proposals ranging anywhere from Dubinsky, a 2nd, and an average prospect to Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider, and a 1st overall pick.
For conveince purposes:
- Dubinsky is a great two-way player that hits, blocks shots, fights, penalty kills, and wins faceoffs. Last season he put up 56 points, but a bad stretch to start the season has him on pace for 40 points (Despite strong production over the last handful of games.
- McDonagh has been playing top pair minutes all year, has a stat line of 6-15-21, and has a +/- of 24. The guy is quickly approaching all-star status.
- Kreider is currently our best prospect, is 6'3", 225 pounds, and at 20 years old is putting up over a PPG at Boston College.
- First Round Pick - Most likely between picks 20-32
I think the issue here is that because he is the face of the franchise, CBJ management and fans will value him more-so than a player of similar contribution. An example of this would be comparing him to Jeff Carter. Advanced statistics show how similar they are in terms of production, but I would imagine Nash means much more to you guys.
So an honest question from fan to fan. If our positions were switched, and you guys were Ranger fans, would you be willing to give that up for Rick Nash?
All responses are appreciated. Thank you.