Jan 7, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Detroit Red Wings center Gustav Nyquist (14) in action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

It's Time To Call Up Gustav Nyquist

After his team’s 6th consecutive home defeat and their 8th loss in 11 games, Mike Babcock said the Detroit Red Wings’ biggest problem is a lack of secondary scoring.

Couldn’t agree more.

That’s why I’m confused about why the Wings seem puzzled about how to remedy their lackluster play over the early part of the season. Just can’t quite put their finger on it.

Well I have a solution for you; he wears number 14 and plays about  two-and-a-half hours down I-96 West.

Four words: call up Gustav Nyquist.

The Swede is off to strong start with the Grand Rapids Griffins, leading them in scoring with 7 goals and 10 assists in 12 games.

But, we can’t because in today’s cap world it’s blah blah blah. Spare me.

You have a potential top six forward who has proven he can score at the NHL level wasting away for your minor league team while your big club continues to spin its wheels.

Make a trade. Buyout another player for all I care. Hell, do we have an ECHL affiliate we can send Brendan Smith, Kyle Quincey, and Stephen Weiss to?

I don’t care how they do it, but it’s high time the Detroit Red Wings make permanent room for Gustav Nyquist on their roster.

During a preseason Octopus Thrower Hangout episode I stated my belief that Nyquist deserved to be in the lineup and pretty much begged the Wings to keep him around. But, the Wings chose to send him down to the AHL because they had too many forwards and the numbers just didn’t add up.

In training camp all we heard about was how much depth the Wings had at forward. Detroit felt they could afford to send Nyquist down because they were saturated with talent up front.

That talk was even before they brought back Daniel Cleary. Oh, who by the way  has 3 points in 18 games and was a healthy scratch last night.

They are in the midst of their second 4 game losing streak in as many weeks and have only three forwards in double digits in points. On top of that, I’m starting to think the next goal you’ll see from Detroit’s second, third, or fourth line will come during the alumni game at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Let’s face it, the only reason the Wings are sitting in a playoff position today is because the Eastern Conference is soft serve.

Nyquist might not be the answer to all their problems, but he’s a darn good start. He has great speed, can finish, and has a proven chemistry with Joakim Andersson.  

One thing is for sure: the Wings have a depth issue at forward alright… a lack of it.

 

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