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Player Grades: Gustav Nyquist

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Not good, not bad, BUT WILL HE BE TRADED???????

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Player Info

Born: September 1st, 1989
Birthplace: Halmstad, Sweden
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 184 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Position: Right Wing
Contract: UFA in 2019 with a contract too good not to trade, because we hate nice things

Player Stats

Goals: 21
Assists: 19
Points: 40
Jaw Dropping Plays: Not as many as in years past, which is why we need to trade him, or maybe why we shouldn’t.

The Narrative

Gone are the days when Red Wings fans thought Gustav Nyquist would be the next Guy in Detroit. It still bums me out just thinking about it. Now Red Wings internet communities the world over debate about how he should be traded while disregarding his NTC or that he is actually a pretty good offensive option on an otherwise otherwise goal-starved team.

Besides the obsessive trade talk that will not be agitated at all further today, Nyquist is a first line winger who can put in pretty goals. But despite the goals, he is transitioning into a setup man as he career continues on. Also, he can back check like a hornet... that... back checks people. I don’t know. Similes are hard. Overall, Nyquist is viewed as a solid but not exceptional top line winger to most, an over-used third-liner by others, and still others think he would be dangerously good on a better team.

Also, he might be Zetterberg’s little brother or something.

What he did vs. Expectations

Well, he didn’t get traded, so total disappointment, am I right? In actuality, Nyquist has some truth in his narrative, like his defensive prowess, which were superbly analyzed by Peter last week. His 21 goals were a huge rebound from last season’s 12, which dissuaded Helene “Nyquist Sucks” St. James from getting on his case as much this season. However, his assists dropped considerably, from 36 last season to just 19 in this year. Worse yet, when you take away his power play assists the total drops to just 14, although it can be argued that his 5 assists on the man advantage aren’t such a bad thing considering how choked the Red Wings were this year on the power play.

Bottom line is that in the traditional stats Nyquist had the worst season of his NHL career with just 40 points. His previous low was 43 in 2015-16. However, a deeper look shows that he was very successful in other ways that don’t show up on the score sheet. Still, the score sheet is what matters at the end of the day. Nyquist dominated play during long stretches in the final two months of the season with Zetterberg and Bertuzzi, which was really encouraging, but the bottom line is that he only had 40 points. Maybe if he had some better teammates on his line, he would see slicker numbers, but that ain’t happening UNTIL HE IS TRADED TO CHICAGO OR SOMETHING.

Final Grade: T, as in Trade

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Poll

How did Nyquist do this season?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    A, as in "Anaheim should trade us all their firsts for Nike."
    (26 votes)
  • 36%
    B, as in "Basic lack of dazzling plays didn’t bother me."
    (142 votes)
  • 33%
    C. as in "Can’t he score crazy outdoor no-look backhanders anymore?"
    (128 votes)
  • 17%
    D, as in "Drop him off in Buffalo on the next trip to Boston."
    (68 votes)
  • 5%
    F, as in Failure, because there is no sugar-coating your mistakes in this cold, cold world.
    (23 votes)
387 votes total Vote Now