The Detroit Red Wings have recalled Swedish winger Gustav Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, and he will make his season debut in tonight’s home opener against the Dallas Stars. Along with Brendan Smith, Nyquist is considered one of the top prospects in the Red Wings’ organization.
The move by the Wings likely means Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi remain out until Friday. Mikael Samuelsson continues to be bothered by a groin injury, and Nyquist will bring speed and skill to his spot on a line with Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula. Nyquist was just named to the AHL All-Star Classic roster for the Western Conference thanks to a strong first half for the Griffins. In 39 games, he leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 40 points.
The Red Wings drafted Nyquist in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, and he went on to be a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2010 at the University of Maine. He turned pro following his junior season, and was also an AHL All-Star last season as well, scoring 22 goals. He was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team at the end of the season, and got his first taste of NHL action last season, scoring one goal and adding six assists in 18 games. He played in four games of the Wings’ first round playoff series against the Nashville Predators after Helm was injured.
Detroit had been hesitant to call him up this season unless there was a spot for him on the top two lines, and Samuelsson’s injury has opened that door. He could be an impact player for a team that has just one goal from its forwards in two games.