Fantasy Take: R. Nash Signs In Columbus… Riley Nash, That Is

Ian Gooding


R. Nash Signs In Columbus… Riley Nash, That Is

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Riley Nash to a three-year, $8.25 million contract.

The Blue Jackets get: A 29-year-old forward who had a career year in 2017-18 with 41 points (15g-26a). It is interesting to note that prior to 2017-18, Nash had not reached 25 points at any time in his career. So he was able to financially benefit from a career year. The Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci injuries both factored into an increased role for Nash in Boston in 2017-18, as he scored 13 points in 14 games when Bergeron was injured in March.

Fantasy players impacted:

If Nash is essentially being brought in to replace Matt Calvert (signed with Colorado), then he should be penciled in for a bottom-6 role with the Jackets. However, that role could increase should the Jackets also decide to part ways with Brandon Dubinsky. Nash shouldn’t unseat Pierre-Luc Dubois or Alexander Wennberg on the top two lines, but he could make his way to the top 6 if he is moved to the wing. It’s possible that he could help someone like Josh Anderson or Boone Jenner or