So Rick Nash, You Want to be a Blue Jacket?

Welcome to another installment of "So, You Want to be a Blue Jacket?

This series is presented in the form of a mock job interview. The operative word here is mock. We're presenting these from the perspective of the player, as if they were applying for a job with the Jackets. The next player to go through the process is none other than sniper Rick Nash:


Q) Hi Rick, tell us a little about yourself.

A) I was born in Brampton, Ontario on June 16, 1984. I played my minor hockey with the Toronto Marlboros, and went on to play two seasons of junior hockey with the London Knights. I was drafted by Columbus first overall in the 2002 draft. I'm a scoring winger who can play either side, but left wing is my natural position.

Q) Tell us about some intangibles you could bring to the Blue Jackets.

A) I have a real nose for the net, at every level I've put up high offensive numbers. I have above average size at 6'4", 220 and I use it to break through the defense on the way to the net. I work hard in the corners, and I have a keen ability to find open teammates in the offensive zone. I am a quiet leader who inspires with my play.

Q) What areas of your game do you think you can improve on?

A )Sometimes I try to do everything myself. Late in games when we are down, I will often try to even things up personally, when I should be passing to the teammates who are left open due to the double-team that happens to me on the ice.

Q) Can you give us some examples of your hockey accomplishments?

  1. A)I was named OHL rookie of the year in 2001. In 2002 I was a member of Team Canada at the World Juniors, winning a silver medal. I was the first-overall pick in the NHL draft that year as well. In my rookie season of 2002/2003 I made the NHL All-Rookie team. The following year I broke out with 41 goals, sharing the Rocket Richard trophy with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk. In 2005 I won a silver medal as a member of Team Canada's entry at the World Championship. I followed that up by being a member of Team Canada at the 2006 Olympics, and in 2007 at the Worlds I was named tournament MVP. I was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2009 for my charity work, and in 2010 I won a gold medal with Canada at the Olympics.

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