Riley Nash has been named ECAC Rookie of the Year for 07-08. He’d already won the Ivy League award but this one takes in the entire conference and is certainly worthy of mention. A few other items:
- This award is voted on by the league’s coaches.
- Nash finished the regular season ranked in a tie for ninth in overall scoring in the ECAC.
- His 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists led all first-year players
- His eight goals in league play were tied for ninth in the conference.
- Nash was 12th in the league with 12 assists.
- He proved to be a lethal sniper on the power play, with five goals and seven assists with the man advantage.
- Nash was named the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on Nov. 12 after leading the Big Red to a road sweep at Yale and Brown, including scoring a highlight-reel power play goal in the victory over the Bears.
- He earned a spot on the ECAC All-Rookie team.
- His current Desjardins NHLE (82gp, 10-15-25) puts him behind Mike Comrie (27) but ahead of Andrew Cogliano (19) and Horcoff (16) at the same age.
There have been some rumblings about Nash possibly leaving college for the Western Hockey League, something Guy Flaming mentioned in his recent Oilers top 20 Profile. To quote Guy “The Oilers declined to comment on whether or not such a scenario was in the cards but one source has suggested to HF that should the Swift Current Broncos trade Nash’s rights to the ideal team, it might present a more beneficial and attractive environment for next season. The source suggested the right fit could possibly be found close to Nash’s home with the Kelowna Rockets or with the Edmonton Oil Kings where he would perform at Rexall Place, the home of his NHL team.”
Guy followed up in a more recent article on the subject, saying “And don’t be surprised if Edmonton has their eye on Nash’s older brother Brendon who is also at Cornell as a sophomore. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think he could get an invite to the planned May prospects camp.”
Reading between the lines here it looks like the Oilers may be recruiting just as hard as Cornell this spring.