The Detroit Red Wings recalled winger Gustav Nyquist from the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins today, as their offense continues to be decimated by injuries. Nyquist will appear in his second NHL contest of the season tonight when the Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks. He will be the sixth member of the Griffins to be added to the Wings’ roster, as Jan Mursak, Mikael Samuelsson, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi remain sidelined. Defensemen Brendan Smith (injured) and Brian Lashoff, Nyquist’s AHL linemates Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson and rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek are all currently in Detroit, leaving the Griffins’ roster a shell of what it was at the beginning of the season.
In 19 NHL appearances Nyquist has one goal and seven points. He is currently fourth in the AHL in scoring with 17 goals and 45 points and has been a big part of the Griffins’ (first place in Midwest Division) success this season. A fourth round pick of the Wings in the 2008 draft and a former Hobey Baker finalist while at the University of Maine, Nyquist is expected to have a bright future in Detroit and will get another chance to showcase his skills tonight. The recalled Griffins have all made an impact since being called up, with Mrazek winning his first and so far only start, Lashoff scoring his first NHL goal and becoming a regular on Detroit’s defense and Tatar adding a beautiful goal in Wednesday night’s loss to the St. Louis Blues.
If the Red Wings are going to survive this shortened season, it appears they are going to have to show they can overcome an onslaught of injuries in the process. Young talents like Nyquist will be a big part of the Wings’ future, and fans and management hope they can deliver in the present as well.