Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
Stay Connected to the Detroit Red Wings
Email Updates App Text/SMS Updates Twitter Facebook Red Wings TV RSS Feeds
 

Wings to call up first-year pro, Nyquist

Rookie forward to see time against Minnesota Wild

Monday, 10.31.2011 / 2:33 PM / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
X
Share with your Friends


Wings to call up first-year pro, Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
DETROIT – With Fabian Brunnstrom clearing waivers this afternoon, the Red Wings’ brass has decided to do something that they typically don’t do – call-up a first-year pro.

Rookie forward Gustav Nyquist has played in just 17 pro hockey games, but he’ll get his NHL indoctrination Tuesday night when the Wings host the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena.

The 22-year-old forward, who scored two goals in the Wings’ preseason finale, has nine points in nine AHL games this season for the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Wings, who have scored nine goals in the last five games, will be looking for scoring from their up-and-coming your star.

“We need to score some goals,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

The Wings are currently in a four-game losing skid, and have been outscored, 16-4, during the streak. Nyquist may not be the antidote, but they plan on giving the former two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist an opportunity to audition for a spot in the lineup.

“I liked him in training camp,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought he was an NHL player in training camp. If you go back and read my quotes, I think that’s what I said. And I think he still is. I think he’s a guy who can help our team.”

Nyquist was the leading scorer at the University of Maine for three years, compiling 50 goals and 94 assists in 113 collegiate games. He left school early to sign a three-year entry level contract with the Wings last March.

In training camp, Babcock likened the speedy Nyquist to Pavel Datsyuk, saying that he was an even better skater with the puck.

“He wants the puck and he’s a skilled play who doesn’t scare you to death,” Babcock said. “He’s good without the puck and he’s been great in the American League, and the ball is in his court now, and he’ll come up and we’ll see what he can do.”

Babcock said that he’ll wait until after Tuesday’s morning skate to decide who Nyquist will be paired with.

As for Brunnstrom, he will report to Grand Rapids where he’ll make his Griffins’ debut Wednesday against Lake Erie.

“I was disappointed a little bit,” Brunnstrom said. “Of course I want to stay here, but at the same time, I know the situation. They've got good forwards here and that's just the way it is. It will be fun to play some games. I haven't played in awhile. I understand the situation. I need to play games. We'll see how it goes.”

With his wife expecting the couple’s first child at the end of November, Brunnstrom said he’s happy to remain in the Wings’ organization.

“I don't know what was going to happen if Calgary or Edmonton picked me up,” he said. “It would be pretty hard for our family situation.”

Follow Bill Roose on Twitter | @RooseBill


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map