Nyquist the Odd Man Out Up Front

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has his lines set for the start of the abbreviated 2013 NHL season and they do not include Gustav Nyquist.

Nyquist notched seven points in 18 games as a call-up with the Red Wings last season and appeared ready to make the jump to the NHL this year. Through 34 games, his 33 points lead the Grand Rapids Griffins this season. Unfortunately for him, however, his two-way contract means he can remain with the Griffins without being exposed to waivers.

With the retirement of Tomas Holmstrom and the addition of Swiss star Damien Brunner and veteran grinder Jordin Tootoo, the Red Wings are bringing 15 forwards into their truncated training camp. Patrick Eaves' ongoing recovery from post-concussion system will keep him out of the lineup, but the remaining 14 skaters will take every spot available. Of the 14, only Brunner could - like Nyquist - be sent to the Griffins without the Wings' risking losing him for nothing.

That leaves Nyquist on the outside looking in as the season starts, along with a handful of his Griffins teammates.

"Nyquist, Tatar, Andersson and Sheahan have been fantastic in Grand Rapids," Babcock said. "I know what they can do and we’ll see when we need them."

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Keep him with thie griffins!!! let him bring them up in the big times!!!!

Posted by Tony Sammons on 1/9/2013 at 11:12 PM


I think this is the mastermind doin of Kenny holland. Nyquist is in a contract year, n he would do great this year in our top 6. But if they keep him down in grand rapids n only use him if injuries occur they can still use the excuse of not of NHL experience n his contract will be a lot lower, than they can lock him up for a few years cheap, than after 3 years of cheap cap hit he can get his bigger contract, n by than he'll be at prime age n get his next contract, it's very smart GM move, another reason they "over-rype" their prospects. I would be surprised if next year they bring in that whole griffins first line of Nyquist-Anderson-Tatar.. Than like 2 years later bring in jarnkrok, pulkkinen, jurco. By that time Sameulsson, Cleary, Bertuzzi will be all long gone. And the redwings will be young again with only aged core players of Datsyuk,Zetterberg, Franzen,Filppula.

Posted by Curt Wiebe on 1/10/2013 at 2:55 AM


I agree that Nyquist being stuck in GR this season is part of the Wings' "over-ripe" development strategy. That said, I don't think Ken Holland bury him in the AHL just to be in a better contract negotiating position if Nyquist was needed in Detroit. Nyquist is not a third or fourth liner and if the Wings are going to put Samuelsson on the second line, there's not a spot for Nyquist so it doesn't make sense for him to be in Detroit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/10/2013 at 6:52 AM

Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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