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Nyquist still running on a full tank

Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 11:15 a.m. under 2011-12 RWC Reports
Gustav Nyquist

Gustav Nyquist (Credit: Mark Newman/Grand Rapids Griffins)

Gustav Nyquist is showing no signs of running out of gas.

In his first season out of college, the 22-year-old Swedish left-winger started hot with the Grand Rapids Griffins and has stayed that way, riding remarkable consistency to an American Hockey League all-star spot in January.

Nyquist, second in AHL rookie scoring with 51 points in 49 games, has averaged a point-per-game every month of the season except one — November, when he missed the mark by just two points — and his slumps have been few and far between. Only three times has he gone without a point for more than one game, and his three-game pointless drought in January was his longest of the season.

“Most college kids come here and at the 40-game mark, they run out of gas, but Gus, this hasn’t bothered him at all,” said Griffins head coach Curt Fraser. “He continues to lead us offensively. He’s generated a ton of offensive opportunities for us.”

The 5-foot-11 185-pounder was drafted by the Red Wings out of the Swedish junior ranks in the fourth round (121st overall) in 2008. He came to North America the following season and blossomed into a Hobey Baker finalist in three NCAA seasons with the Maine Black Bears.

With the Griffins, he’s played both left and right wings as well as the point on the power play, and he’s on pace to become the first Red Wings prospect in Grand Rapids to average a point per game since Jiri Hudler did it in 2005-06 with 96 points in 76 contests.

Nyquist, always known for being a responsible two-way player, has a plus-3 rating and is second on the team with 136 shots, an average of 2.75 per game.

“He’s fast and when he’s got the puck, he’s very good at protecting it, he’s an excellent playmaker, and he’s starting to get better at shooting the puck more,” Fraser said. “A lot of our guys here are skilled guys who look to pass, but he’s starting to shoot more this year and that will really help him when he gets to the NHL.”

Nyquist is expected to challenge for a full-time NHL job as early as next season and is at the front of the line among forward prospects.

NOTES: The Red Wings gave defenseman Brendan Smith a big vote of confidence at the trade deadline, dealing away veteran Mike Commodore and anointing Smith the team’s No. 8 blueliner. Smith was recalled and will be one of seven defensemen on the NHL roster while Jonathan Ericsson is injured … Defenseman Alexey Marchenko (CSKA Moscow, KHL) returned to the KHL for two games this week after a five-game stint in Russia’s junior league. He has missed most of the season with a knee injury … Center Calle Jarnkok (Brynas, SEL) has been sidelined with a knee injury but hopes to be back in time for the IIHF world championship.

Following is this week’s statistical report.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEVEL LEAGUE GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Coetzee, Willie Grand Rapids PRO AHL 44 9 9 18 15 -3 102
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids PRO AHL 41 6 9 15 34 -4 60
Nyquist, Gustav Grand Rapids PRO AHL 49 17 34 51 16 +3 136
Tatar, Tomas Grand Rapids PRO AHL 53 14 25 39 33 +7 159
Andersson, Joakim Grand Rapids PRO AHL 50 14 18 32 20 +2 100
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids PRO AHL 39 4 8 12 19 -4 63
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids PRO AHL 38 5 3 8 78 -2 51
Ehrhardt, Travis Grand Rapids PRO AHL 17 0 2 2 17 +4 22
Lashoff, Brian Grand Rapids PRO AHL 53 7 6 13 27 -8 80
Pare, Francis Grand Rapids PRO AHL 52 9 19 28 14 -9 123
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids PRO AHL 38 2 6 8 21 +1 61
Raedeke, Brent Grand Rapids PRO AHL 45 7 6 13 24 -1 70
Smith, Brendan Grand Rapids PRO AHL 47 10 22 32 74 +7 99
Pyett, Logan Grand Rapids PRO AHL 50 2 17 19 44 -1 121
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids PRO AHL 11 2 1 3 2 -1 17
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids PRO AHL 3 1 1 2 2 0 1
Fournier, Gleason Toledo PRO ECHL 51 2 15 17 32 -5 95
Nestrasil, Andrej Toledo PRO ECHL 40 5 22 27 16 -5 71
Parkes, Trevor Toledo PRO ECHL 4 4 0 4 2 +1 17
Ouellet, Xavier B.-Boisbriand JR QMJHL 55 18 32 50 58 +5 170
Macek, Brooks Calgary JR WHL 51 14 21 35 19 +7 N/A
Nedomlel, Richard Swift Current JR WHL 64 8 33 41 77 -34 N/A
Tvrdon, Marek Vancouver JR WHL 51 23 38 61 43 -2 N/A
Sproul, Ryan Sault Ste. Marie JR OHL 53 17 26 43 47 +12 N/A
Quine, Alan Peterborough JR OHL 58 27 35 62 21 -18 N/A
Jurco, Tomas Saint John JR QMJHL 45 29 36 65 37 +43 177
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville JR QMJHL 26 3 1 4 22 -6 53
Jensen, Nick St. Cloud State COL NCAA 34 6 22 28 2 +10 66
Nicastro, Max Boston U. COL NCAA 27 3 6 9 32 -2 41
Cayer, Julien Clarkson COL NCAA 27 6 4 10 30 0 46
Marshall, Ben Minnesota COL NCAA 33 3 7 10 27 +13 65
Sheahan, Riley Notre Dame COL NCAA 33 9 15 24 22 0 109
Pulkkinen, Teemu Jokerit EUR FIN 49 14 19 33 8 +2 204
Almquist, Adam HV-71 EUR SEL 42 3 8 11 26 +16 66
Axelsson, Dick MoDo EUR SEL 34 9 10 19 57 -9 77
Jarnkrok, Calle Brynas EUR SEL 48 14 22 36 22 -5 102
Backman, Mattias Linkoping EUR SEL 39 1 6 7 14 +4 54
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR KHL 6 0 0 0 2 -4 3
Marchenko, Alexey CSKA Moscow EUR-JR MHL 5 2 4 6 10 +2 7

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Mrazek, Petr Ottawa OHL 45 26 12 6 3 2.89 .913
Pearce, Jordan Grand Rapids AHL 17 3 7 1 1 3.53 .874
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 15 6 8 0 0 3.59 .883
McCollum, Thomas Toledo ECHL 13 5 6 1 0 2.68 .905
Pearce, Jordan Toledo ECHL 2 1 1 0 0 4.05 .879

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26 Comments
  1. Joakim says:

    Quick update: Calle Jarnkrok, who has had an injured knee, was back in the lineup today and scored a goal. Adam Almqvist is still out with an undisclosed injury but is expected back shortly.

  2. Bones says:

    Alls I am saying is the wings system is not very deep. If I am holland my lineup next year includes nyquist as 4th line center with jurco on the wing maybe with a tough guy on the wing like George Parros. My third line is helm abdelkader. Miller is having a good year but there are other guys that can do the same thing and bring a little more to the table like fight and hit. A Travis Moen would be great fit. Second line Zetterbwrg filpula and Shane Doan, time to let hudler walk. A bigger winger is way more valuable to filpula and Zetterbwrg than what people understand. Top line stays same with datsyuk franzen and bertuzzi. Let cleary walk, not as effective. And convince Holmstrom to hang em up. Defense, Lidstrom will come back for one more. Kronwall white Quincey erricsson and smith, kindl is 7 man. If Lidstrom retires you can go get an upgrade. Sign Doan Parros and Moen to manageable 2 year deals.

  3. !! says:

    Lol @ bones. Dude is clueless.

  4. Sheckman9 says:

    Who is this guy!? Really

    Joakim, thanks for the update. Two great Swedes there… Two important prospects IMO.

  5. HelmForLife says:

    Bones – Stop this. The fact you suggest potential scorers in Jurco and Nyquist play grinder time is sad. Worst armchair GM ever,

  6. Levi says:

    Sign Parros and Moen while letting Cleary and Hudler walk. Ya lets just have a tough team that can not score goals. Unless we’re getting someone like Parise then I definitely keep Hudler this year. He is slowly returning to form and the 2nd line is lights out right now.

  7. Chris says:

    I truly hope that Bones is just a sharks fan or something and is messing with people, because those can’t be real opinions.

    On a different note, awesome to hear that jarnkrok is back playing and scoring again. That kid can play.

  8. Mike Suggs says:

    Bones-

    But the thing is they are pretty deep. Certainly in the top 12, if not top 10 or so groups in the league, which is impressive considering we always draft low. We’re good on forwards (but could always use more), and thanks to the most recent draft, we are at least better with defenseman thanks to guyslike Ouellet and Sproul. Goaltending is our only real big weakness, as Mrazek is the only standout in the system. Again, do we have guaranteed superstars? No, but we have some young, talented players with real potential.

    Nyquist is posting better numbers with GR than Filppula did as an AHL rookie, Jarnkrok has numbers similar to Zetterberg at the same age, and Jurco is averaging like 1.5 points per game with the Sea Dogs, quelling his consistency criticisms from last season. I’m not saying these guys are going to all be superstars like Pav and Hank, but there’s a lot of talent and potential there.

    I just think it’s a little odd to say our farm system isn’t deep, when most experts say otherwise. Especially since these guys are still all young. Give them time to grow.

  9. Huss says:

    Bones, to put it bluntly, you’re an idiot. I wont bother with your earlier drivel, I’ll just focus on your last response.

    “Alls I am saying is the wings system is not very deep.” Im sorry you feel that way, Bones, but people who actually scout amateurs consistently rank the Redwings org. depth chart in the top half of the league, usually in the 10-15 range. That’s pretty remarkable for an organization with few high draft picks and only one decent goaltending prospect in the pipeline. The Wings prospect pool is littered with kids who project very in the pros.

    “If I am holland my lineup next year includes nyquist as 4th line center with jurco on the wing maybe with a tough guy on the wing like George Parros. My third line is helm abdelkader. Miller is having a good year but there are other guys that can do the same thing and bring a little more to the table like fight and hit. A Travis Moen would be great fit.” Ohhhh look another slappy who insists Detroit needs to GET PHYSICAL for the upteenth year in a row. And we even have a Travis Moen mention! That’s so 2008, Bones. Parros? Jesus christ. Jurco? You’re basically suggesting Detroit’s gonna change 20 years of development philosophy for the sake of your pipe dream.

    Go Wings.

  10. Scott says:

    as much as i would love to armchair gm, i think we’re all best off trusting holland. the man is by far the best in the game, and he has never let me down.

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