Gustav Nyquist(13) Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings‘ 4th round pick in the 2008 draft (#121 overall), 2nd year Swedish right wing Gustav Nyquist(13) knew the route from minor league affiliate Grand Rapid GriffinsVan Andel Arena to Joe Louis¬†pretty well by the end of the season.

In 18 NHL games he scored a goal and 6 assists, while in 56 AHL contests he tallied 22 goals and 36 assists.

The back-and-forth bus trips (or drives) are looking to be the norm again in his sophomore campaign.

The small-ish 5’11” 185 lbs. forward has a goal and an assist already in 5 games but knows consistency is the key to keep him with the big club and to ultimately gain a contract extension.

In the AHL he has set career highs in all categories, with 23 goals and 37 assists in 58 games already eclipsing last year’s marks. He is basically a point-per-game guy that leads the scoring race in the league and was chosen to appear in the 2013 All-Star Game.

He’s in the final season of his 2-year entry level deal and scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of 2012/2013.

There’s little doubt he will score a qualifying offer but much is expected of the 23-year old moving ahead.

For a European, he took the somewhat odd route to pro hockey by playing for a U.S. college team, where he was their leading scorer and left his last year to sign a deal.

Gustav Nyquist

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