With the Detroit Red Wings mired in a seven-game losing streak and the likes of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss on the sidelines because of injuries, the team has finally decided to recall Gustav Nyquist.
While the forward and team wish that this reunion was happening on better terms—the roster and cap space needed to recall him was cleared up when Danny DeKeyser was placed on the long-term injured reserve—there’s no doubt that Nyquist is the kind of player that can come in and make an immediate impact for the Wings.
— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) November 21, 2013
After crushing it in the AHL this season, fans have clamored for Nyquist to be brought up and inserted into Detroit’s lineup. There just haven’t been enough money to go around, but now the talented Swede gets to show why he belongs in the NHL for good.
He hasn’t been missing for the Wings because he can’t play. It’s just come down to dollars and cents, and since Detroit splurged on retaining Dan Cleary while signing Weiss and Alfredsson this summer, Nyquist has been deemed an expendable part of the roster. Which is odd since he’s such a highly touted youngster and clearly earned his stripes during the playoffs last year.
Lining him up with fellow Swedes in Zetterberg and Franzen gives Detroit two legitimate scoring lines. That’s something that they’ve been sorely missing since the second unit of Franzen-Weiss-Alfredsson has had so many issues with health through the first quarter of the season.
If Nyquist plays well, will that leave the Wings in the position of either demoting him against despite strong play or making a trade to free up cap space? Things could get interesting in Detroit over the next couple of weeks. Especially if Nyquist ignites an offense that recently could only be described as pop gun.