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Training Camp Battle: Gustav Nyquist Vs The Third Line

Over the past two seasons and a couple short stints with the Detroit Red Wing, Gustav Nyquist has proven that he is ready to take the leap into the NHL.

Nyquist played on the Red Wings’ fourth and third lines for the most part and even spent some time on the Wings’ top lines and power play unit.

In the playoffs Nyquist tallied 5 points in 14 games and produced a clutch overtime goal to tie up the Anaheim series at one game a piece.

Training Camp is Nyquist time to prove that he is not just going to be an in season call-up, but that he can be a staple for the Red Wings for years to come. Nyquist will not have an easy time at proving that pint though as there are forwards blocking his path to the NHL.

Veterans, Mikael Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi, and Tomas Tatar are sitting in Nyquist’s way of being a regular in the line-up, but they are not the only situation working against the young winger. Nyquist is able to be sent down to the Grand Rapids Griffins without having to go through waivers; Tatar, Bertuzzi, and Samuelsson would have to.

With all of these factors working against Nyquist, he will have to bring even thing he has to the table to make Mike Babcock and Ken Holland decide he will be an integral part of the Red Wings and make them part with another player.

Nyquist does have a few things working in his favor though.

Neither Todd Bertuzzi or Mikael Samuelsson have been able to play a full season in the NHL the past two seasons and they have not gotten any younger during the off-season. If one or both of them get hurt during Training Camp it would mean Nyquist would be guaranteed a spot on the Red Wings.

He is, also, the only one of the three to make consistent appearances in the playoffs the last two seasons and that goes a long way in proving he is ready for the grind of a full NHL season.

Is Gustav Nyquist ready to take the next step in his development? Yes he is, but will he be able to receive the chance is the better question.

He has to prove without a doubt that he can take Samuelsson’s, Bertuzzi’s, or Tatar’s spot and make them dispensable or else he will most likely be sent back to the AHL until an injury call-up is needed once again.

Regular Season Stats

2011-2012 RED WINGS 18 1 6 7 2 2 0 0 0 19 5.3
2012-2013 RED WINGS 22 3 3 6 0 6 0 0 0 46 6.5

Playoff Stats

2011-2012 RED WINGS 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
2012-2013 RED WINGS 14 2 3 5 3 2 1 0 1 26 7.7

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