Thanks to a seven-point weekend (three games), top Detroit Red Wings prospect Gustav Nyquist moved into first place in AHL scoring for the time being. While his former Griffins linemates Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar continue to light the lamp at the NHL level, Nyquist has continued to be steady in the AHL as he works toward another Red Wings call-up.
Nyquist has 19 goals and 52 points, placing him one point ahead of Tyler Johnson of the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning). Amazingly enough, Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers still sits third in league scoring from his time with the Oklahoma City Barons even though he has been in the NHL for almost a month now. Eberle had 25 goals and 51 points through 34 AHL games, a mark the rest of the league is still trying to catch up to.
The Red Wings have recalled Nyquist twice this season, and he played 18 games for them last season. He has managed a goal and seven points in his time with Detroit and should get a shot at a full-time spot on one of the top lines next season. For the second straight season Nyquist was named an AHL All-Star and he is a big part of the Griffins’ success this season. If he can ever match his minor league production at the NHL level he will be a great complement to Red Wings stars Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Damien Brunner. After a performance like he had this past weekend against the Rockford IceHogs (Chicago Blackhawks) and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers), Nyquist should soon be adding an AHL player of the week award to his season accolades.