Gustav Nyquist was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings for a second time in the past week, as Patrick Eaves will miss tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild with a jaw injury. Nyquist was recalled on Mar. 12 and appeared in the Red Wings’ Mar. 15 win over the Edmonton Oilers. In four NHL games this season, he has one assist. However, he is the current points leader in the AHL, and has scored 23 goals and recorded 60 points for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The Red Wings will not only be without Eaves, but also learned that speedy forward Darren Helm is still not ready to return. Todd Bertuzzi’s back injury has kept him out the past 22 games, and he appear no closer to returning in the near future. Joakim Andersson has performed well in a much lengthier stint with the Red Wings than originally expected, and now it is Nyquist’s turn (again) to show that he can contribute while playing at the highest level. For all of the talent he has showcased in the AHL the past two seasons, he has struggled to score when called up and has one goal and eight points in 22 games with Detroit.
Nyquist got some other good news this week, when he learned that the puck from his first NHL goal has been recovered by the Kent County (Mich.) sheriff’s office. The puck had gone missing after it and other items that Nyquist had in a local storage locker in the offseason were mistakenly auctioned off.