Detroit Red Wings: A look at where Gustav Nyquist could be headed

ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 4: Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings shoots the puck with Nino Niederreiter #22 of the Minnesota Wild defending during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 4, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - MARCH 4: Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings shoots the puck with Nino Niederreiter #22 of the Minnesota Wild defending during the game at the Xcel Energy Center on March 4, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Capitals are currently trying to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions, sitting at second in the Metropolitan division. Being only 5 points behind the New York Islanders, they could definitely be in the market for a scoring winger like Gustav Nyquist.

When it comes to the capitals scoring, Nyquist would slot as their fifth highest scoring player, and fourth highest scoring forward. Getting a winger who is having a career year, would do a multitude of things for the Capitals, allowing them to free some pressure off of Alexander Ovechkin, and merely provide them with a winger who is having a career year.

In terms of a return, the Detroit Red Wings could look into a draft pick return just as predicted with the Bruins. The standard of a second-round pick or third-round and fifth-round pick package might be more feasible than a first-round draft pick depending on the desperation of the Capitals to add more scoring to the roster.

The Capitals have a lot of extra defenseman prospects, and it seems like that could be a potential target area on a team that is planning on rebuilding its defensive core with young players within our system.

If we can add someone like Lucas Johansen or Jonas Siegenthaler that would be able to get playing time with our own young defenseman in the minors, letting these players click and develop chemistry together would only be beneficial for the future of the Red Wings organization.

With the Detroit Red Wings sending down Dennis Cholowski to develop more and bringing up Filip Hronek, it only seems beneficial to add some depth in a young defenseman. Bringing in more would allow for some to excel without as much pressure, in a sense the Red Wings would be okay if one of the guys didn’t pan out because we would have more depth with the newly acquired defenseman.