With just under 26 minutes of ice time in Nationwide Arena to his name, Riley Nash doesn't have too much experience in front of a Blue Jackets' home crowd. That doesn't mean he is unfamiliar with the building, however.
In the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft in Columbus, Nash was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the 21st overall pick.
"Back then [Columbus] felt really foreign," Nash said Monday in his introductory press conference with Columbus media members. "I was here for about five or six days [in 2007]. I have my bearings a lot better now."
With a focus on finding a place to live for the upcoming years, Nash managed to see the Short North and various villages of Columbus; the Italian Village, Victorian Village and German Village. For recommendations on where to look, Riley looked to a recent teammate and previous CBJ "Nash" - former captain Rick Nash.
Rick Nash's wife and Riley Nash's girlfriend have been in constant contact to help the young couple get acclimated to their new city. Rick has recently entered free agency as well and has yet to sign with a new team.
"He's a great guy, and I hope that whatever is going on, he figures it out and I hope all the best for him," Riley said of Rick.
Riley has reached out to a few members of the Blue Jackets since signing his contract, from John Davidson and John Tortorella to players like Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson. Although he had nothing but good things to say about his conversations, one of his future teammates was a bit too distracted for an extended conversation.
"I was texting Cam [Atkinson] this weekend and he said that he just had a baby boy," Riley said. "I think he's a little busy right now."
Nash is a welcome addition to the center of the ice for the Blue Jackets, who lacked a true right-handed face-off man.
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"I couldn't be more happy to be here and end up in a spot like this," Nash said. "As I look at the roster and look at the team, I think the fit will be really good. [I'm] going to try to add a couple percent here and there, and try to get us over the hump."