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Nyquist earns DSBA's rookie award

Swedish forward gained plenty of experience in 104 games played

Friday, 06.28.2013 / 12:31 PM / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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DETROIT Gustav Nyquist played more than hundred pro games this season, appeared in his second Stanley Cup playoffs and helped the Grand Rapids Griffins win the Calder Cup.

It was an exhausting time, but one that Nyquist hopes to build on for the future.

“It was a lot of hockey, but I was fortunate to be healthy all season long,” said Nyquist, in a phone interview with DetroitRedWings.com. “I felt pretty fresh the whole time. Some games, obviously like the end of the season, you do feel like you don’t have the legs, but you just have to keep going. In the playoffs, you’re so excited to play you don’t really think too much if you’re feeling it because your adrenaline is pumping. It’s just fun to be out there.”

Nyquist produced 78 points in 104 total games between Detroit and Grand Rapids, including 22 regular season games, and 14 in the playoffs, for the Red Wings. Also, he was one of just three NHL rookies to score an overtime goal during this spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs, lifting Detroit to a 5-4 win in Game 2 of the opener round at Anaheim.

For his efforts, the 23-year-old Swedish star has been named the 2013 Red Wings’ Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Nyquist is the 44th recipient of the honor that was first awarded to center Max McNab in 1949.

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“I’m really excited and real honored,” Nyquist said. “You look at some of the past winners. It’s really a great honor to have my name in that same group. We had a lot of young guys playing and the other young guys did a great job. It must have been hard to pick just one, but again, I thought all of the young guys did a tremendous job. We had a lot of fun and gained a lot of experience, so it was a good season for us.”

Nyquist helped form a solid third line late in the season and into the playoffs, playing alongside winger Damien Brunner and fellow rookie Joakim Andersson. While all three performed terrifically, it’s Nyquist who is considered to be the franchise’s most-skilled forward prospect. An amazing skater with incredible playmaking skills, he led the American Hockey League in scoring before his March call up.

Nyquist collected three goals and three assists with the Wings, and two goals and three assists during the playoffs. He finished second among rookies with seven takeaways, and third with 26 shots on net, in the playoffs, and was the sixth ranked rookie with 19 takeaways during the regular season.

A day after the Red Wings were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals, Nyquist and Andersson were sent down to Grand Rapids, where they boasted the Griffins’ power play.

“When my chance came I think it was a great learning experience, especially down the stretch there when our backs were kind of against the wall and we had to win a lot of games,” Nyquist said. “And then in the playoffs with the two Game 7s, and another down with Grand Rapids, so three Game 7s in a season, I think Andy and the other young guys who were up in Detroit will learn from it.”

Coming off of an entry-level contract, Nyquist will be a restricted free agent in a few days. He hopes to sign a new contract next month.

A former two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist at the University of Maine, Nyquist was selected by the Red Wings in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL draft.

The DSBA will honor Nyquist prior to a Red Wings’ home game at Joe Louis Arena next season.

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Previous DSBA Rookie of the Year
Award Winners
Rookie
Season
Player
Position Seasons
with Wings
2011-12 Cory Emmerton Center Current
2010-11 Jakub Kindl Defenseman Current
2009-10 Jimmy Howard Goalie Current
2008-09
Jonathan Ericsson
Defenseman Current
2007-08
Derek Meech
Defenseman 2006-2011
2006-07
Jiri Hudler
Center 2003-2012
2005-06
Johan Franzen
Center Current
2004-05
No Award
 
2003-04
Niklas Kronwall
Defenseman Current
2002-03
Henrik Zetterberg
Center Current
2001-02
Pavel Datsyuk
Center Current
2000-01
No Award
 
1999-00
Jiri Fischer
Defenseman 1999-2007
1982-98 No Award
1980-81
John Barrett
Defenseman 1980-1986
1979-80
Mike Foligno
Right Wing 1979-1982
1978-79 Willie Huber Defenseman 1978-1983
1977-78 Dale McCourt Center 1977-1982
1976-77 Jim Nahrgang Defenseman 1974-1977
1975-76
Michel Bergeron
Right Wing 1974-1978
1974-75
Bill Lochead
Right Wing 1974-1979
1973-74
Bill Hogaboam
Center 1972-1980
1972-73
Henry Boucha
Left Wing 1971-1974
1971-72
Marcel Dionne
Center 1971-1975
1970-71
Tom Webster
Right Wing 1970-1980
1969-70
Al Karlander
Center-LW 1969-1973
1968-69
Poul Popiel
Defenseman 1968-1970
1967-68*
Gary Jarrett
Left Wing 1966-1968
Roy Edwards Goalie 1967-1974
1966-67
No Award
1965-66
Bert Marshall
Defenseman 1965-1968
1964-65
Roger Crozier
Goalie 1963-1970
1963-64
Pit Martin
Center 1961-1966
1962-63 Doug Barkley Defenseman 1962-1966
1961-62
Bruce MacGregor
Right Wing 1960-1971
1960-61
Hank Bassen
Goalie 1960-1967
1959-60
Murray Oliver
Center 1957-1961
1958-59
Len Lunde
Center-RW 1958-1962
1957-58
Don Poile
Center-RW 1954-1958
1956-57
Billy Dea
Left Wing 1956-1971
1955-56
Glenn Hall
Goalie 1952-1957
1954-55
No Award
1953-54
Bill Dineen
Right Wing 1953-1958
1952-53
Marcel Bonin
Left Wing 1952-1955
1951-52
Glen Skov
Center 1949-1955
1950-51
Terry Sawchuk
Goalie 1949-1969
1949-50 Steve Black Left Wing 1949-1951
1948-49
Max McNab
Center 1947-1951

 * DSBA awarded co-rookies of the year in 1967-68

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