Jan 23, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Riley Nash (20) during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Riley Nash: Carolina Hurricanes Season Recap

Over the next few weeks, Cardiac Cane will take a look at every player on the Carolina Hurricanes and see how they played in the 2013-2014 season.

2013-2014 Regular Season Stats: 73 games played, 10 goals, 14 assists, 24 points, +0

Riley Nash came in and played an entire season in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time in his short professional hockey career.

The 25-year-old played a good portion of the season with Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm, two very talented offensive players. Nash ended up benefiting from their company on the Carolina Hurricanes’ third line. Riley Nash ended up playing a lot of power play time near the end of the season, and he was actually pretty productive with the likes of Jay Harrison and Andrei Loktionov.

Nash will be expected to increase on his production in the 2014-2015 season. He was played 15-20 minutes per game in the final 14-20 games of the regular season. His role on the team increased as the season went on, and it is reasonable to expect that the Carolina Hurricanes will expect even more out of the former first round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers.

Riley Nash had a pretty good season in a bottom six role for the Carolina Hurricanes. He was playing with Jeff Skinner for much of the season, so that likely helped his offensive production. He can’t count on that for next season, so he will have to create his own luck.

This will be a big offseason for Riley Nash. Next season is the last year of Nash’s contract, so he will be playing for a paycheck in the 2014-2015 season. He will need to train well and find his game going into next season.

End of Season Grade: B-

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