March 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at the Joe Louis Arena. Wild won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

What to Expect of Gustav Nyquist

Hear that sound around the Metro Detroit area? That’s the collective exhaled breath of millions of Red Wings fans happy to hear that Gustav Nyquist is remaining a Detroit Red Wing.

It was reported this morning that Nyquist has re-signed with the Red Wings, a two-year deal with an average cap hit of $950,000. The fact that Ken Holland re-signed him for under $1 million is a bit of a relief; most fans assumed the lengthy negotiations (or “negotiations,” since there has been very little news) was over money and contract length.

In the twenty-two games he played for the Red Wings last year, Nyquist tallied three goals and three assists. It may not sound like much, but if you managed to catch a game with him on the ice, you saw how he moves – a mix of Pavel Datsyuk‘s hands and dekes and Henrik Zetterberg‘s skills.

Fans don’t want that to go to waste.

If you look at his statistics playing with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the numbers are there. Last season, he played 58 games with the Griffins alongside the 22 with the Red Wings. He had 23 goals and 37 assists for sixty points. In the 2011-2012 season, he had 22 goals and 36 assists for 58 points in 56 games.

That’s more than a point-per-game output.

The lingering question, as always, is will this output transfer to the NHL?

If you have watched Nyquist play any amount of time with the Red Wings, you know that the answer is pretty positive. It’s not going to be an immediate thing, of course, so don’t start yelling at me if he only has five points in the first ten or fifteen games. He still tries to make one too many fancy moves or a pretty pass and the whole offensive chance falls apart.

Give him a few games this season to get his NHL legs. Because he’ll be on this team consistently now. Rather than being lost in the shuffle of coming up to the NHL and being sent down to the farm team, he will be on the team game in and game out, proving that in two years, he’s worth a pay raise.

Or we all hope since the Red Wings have to send down two players to comply with the 23-man roster.

Let’s look forward to two more years of the Goose being loose in Hockeytown.

So be prepared for more goals like this beauty against Chicago from these past playoffs:

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