The Detroit Red Wings have an uncanny ability of drafting and developing young talent. They’re in an elite class of pro sports teams that includes the San Antonio Spurs, St. Louis Cardinals and New England Patriots in that they do things the right way and have the rings to show for it. As the Wings look to get young and rework their roster Gustav Nyquist will be taking on an even bigger and more expanded role.
Nyquist was the talk of the NHL when he torched the league for 12 goals in a 15-game stretch for the then injury-riddled Wings. It’s mind boggling to think that such a skilled and productive forward started the year in the AHL, but due to salary cap issues the Wings had to stash the skilled Swede in Grand Rapids for 15 games. Despite playing only 55 games, Nyquist still led Detroit in goal scoring, something that surely is a sign of things to come.
The former Maine Black Bear is a lock to score 30-35 goals and a 40-goal may not be out of the question for Nyquist. His skill and speed create scoring chances seemingly at will and being more of a feature player will surely lead to an uptick in production. Defenses will surely being keying in on Nyquist more so than they did last year as they know how deadly he can be, but he has emerged as a good enough player to find holes in defenses.
As Pavel Dasyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and the like get older forwards such as Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Riley Sheahan will be called upon to be the go-to scorers for the Wings. Given Detroit’s track record they should take solace in knowing their franchise is in good hands. It’d be crazy to bet against the Wings making the playoffs for the 24th straight season.