Word this morning that the Carolina Hurricanes have signed Riley Nash to an entry level contract. Nash and the Oilers were rarely on the same page and the club dealt him for a second round pick at last month’s entry draft.
I have suggested that Riley Nash has developed as a prospect, but this has not been the opinion of the Edmonton Oilers management. Several times during the period 2007-10 the club’s management made remarks with regard to his lack of progress, the poor competition faced by Cornell and the short season.
The Hurricanes website lists Nash at 6.01, 191. His career numbers at Cornell:
- Age 18: 36gp, 12-20-32 (.889)
- Age 19: 36gp, 13-22-35 (.972)
- Age 20: 30gp, 12-23-35 (1.17)
- Freshman 36gp, 12-20-32 on a team that scored 102 goals (31.4%)
- Sophomore 36gp, 12-22-34 on a team that scored 92 goals (36.9%)
- Junior 30gp, 12-23-35 on a team that scored 95 goals (36.8%)
It’ll be interesting to see if Riley Nash is able to play hockey at the pro level. That long season, the difficult competition and all of the other factors mentioned by the Oilers will offer Nash a difficult transition. It’ll be fun to see if he can make it through training camp.