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by Paul on 07/08/12 at 11:05 AM ET
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
“Most people I know feel like there’s more to give there yet with Rick,” said former NHL forward Ed Olczyk, now an analyst for NBC and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “There’s still that untapped ability. You wonder what numbers he could put up if he played on a really good team with really good offensive players.
“Teams should be licking their chops to get this guy in their lineup. He has a chance to be a top-three goal-scorer in the league. Somebody is going to hit a grand slam with this guy.”
It has been suggested that Nash’s performance in the Olympics and world championships stand as proof he would be a superstar on a team with at least one other All-Star player.
“Some guys are just OK when they play with superstars. They get lost in the shuffle,” said Brian Engblom, a former NHL defenseman who is an analyst for NBC. “Rick goes the other way. He becomes a dominant player on big stages like that, and I’m sure GMs have taken note of that.”
There’s also a feeling around the NHL that Nash belongs among the second or third tier of stars in the league, an All-Star who hasn’t made his teammates better and a player whose performances have tailed off the past few seasons.
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