Fresh Faces: Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist will make his NHL debut tonight vs The Minnesota Wild. The first year pro is only 22 years old, a rare young call up for the veteran Red Wings. He will start on the 2nd line with plenty of protection from sizable Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen. Fabian Brunnstrom cleared waivers, and will be heading down to Grand Rapids to make room.
Nyquist, a native of Sweden, was drafted in 2008 by the Red Wings in the 4th round. He starred in three seasons with the Maine Black Bears (NCAA). He was a Hobey Baker Finalist (NCAA MVP) in 2009-2010 scoring 19 goals and 42 assists in 39 games.
Nyquist has played in just 17 professional hockey games in his short career, but made an impression on coach Mike Babcock this preseason scoring five points in five games. “If you go back and read my quotes, I thought he was an NHL player in training camp,” Babcock said. “I think that’s what I said and I still think he is.”
After being re-assigned to Grand Rapids, Nyquist continued his point a game pace. With the injury to Jan Mursak and the lack of offensive production, Nyquist will be given his shot tonight, with plenty of minutes on the 2nd line.
And as you can see from the video, he’s got the Canadian “uhh” down.