Battalion Breakdown is a closer look at the Blue Jackets' past season from a numerical standpoint, starting with the highest jersey number and counting down to the lowest. After running through existing Jackets, we have moved on to recent additions to the team. Today, BlueJackets.com examines Riley Nash's season and how it impacted the Boston Bruins in the 2017-18 campaign.
Birthdate: May 9, 1989
Height/Weight: 6-1, 190
When free agency began July 1, the Blue Jackets decided to add a key ingredient to their lineup.
They signed veteran center Riley Nash to a three-year contract worth a total of $8.25 million, which immediately improved their quality depth down the middle of the ice and gave them a right-handed center for important face-offs at the right-wing dots.
Nash, who started his NHL career with the Carolina Hurricanes and spent the past two seasons with the Boston Bruins, has played much of his seven-year career as a role player. Last season was a different story.