The team reassigned Tomas Tatar to the Grand Rapids Griffins, but called up Gustav Nyquist from the farm team. Considering the offensive firepower Nyquist has shown during this AHL season, and the fact that he’s been called up twice before this season, this could help goose Detroit’s offense.
They’re ranked 20th in the league in terms of goals for and have scored a high of just three goals in a game so far this month. Compare that to the big 8-3 beatdown they put on the Vancouver Canucks last month, then look at, say, the 3-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets or even a Detroit win of 2-1 over the Colorado Avalanche this month. It’s a night and day kind of contrast.
Nyquist actually leads the entire AHL in points scored with a total of 60 through 57 games played. Last year, he had the highest-scoring rookie season in the history of the Griffins with 58 points, so he’s already beaten that output and this season isn’t even over yet. He also leads Grand Rapids with goals (23) and assists (37). Plus, he’s great on the man advantage: he has scored nine power play goals.
That production hasn’t translated to the NHL yet in his two previous Detroit call-ups this season, though. He’s played in two games, one in January and one in February, but has yet to register a point of any kind. Last season, he did get his first NHL goal and six assists in 18 games.
But if he can start translating his AHL prowess into NHL production, he may be just what the Red Wings need.