An early look at who the Detroit Red Wings should target in Free Agency

MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 12: Assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings Dan Bylsma plans out a strategy on his board against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 12, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - MARCH 12: Assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings Dan Bylsma plans out a strategy on his board against the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 12, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Red Wings should entertain the idea of bringing back Gustav Nyquist under the correct circumstances.  If Nyquist doesn’t happen to receive the attention most of us think he will get, the Wings should consider bringing him back if it doesn’t break the bank.

Nyquist filled the Zetterberg role very well this season.  He was much more of a facilitator rather than a sniper and elevated his creativity with the puck as he continued to look to set up Dylan Larkin or Andreas Athanasiou depending on the line he was on.

Nyquist spent nearly the same amount of time on the second line as he did on the first line.  While Mantha was healthy, Nyquist found himself playing with Frans Nielsen and either Thomas Vanek or Andreas Athanasiou.

He was a player general manager Ken Holland mentioned publically that he would love to sign to an extension but apparently, they were unable to come to terms before the trade deadline.  I expect Holland to dip his toe into the waters and touch base with Nyquist on July 1st.

The Detroit Red Wings have a plethora of forwards, but it’s a dense mix of young up and comers playing with older vets with little to no value.  The overpaid bottom-six forwards need to be addressed so players like Nyquist can help the likes of Zadina, Veleno, Svechnikov and whoever the first round pick is this summer.

Since being traded to the Sharks, Nyquist has played 7 games and has recorded 3 goals and 1 assist.  Overall he’s having the best point production season of his career.  He may not be scoring at the rate he once did but like I’ve said over and over he’s accepted the Zetterberg, set up role and excelled with it.

In 69 games between Detroit and San Jose, he’s recorded 19 goals, 34 assists totaling 53 points.  He’s a plus 1, averaging 17:54 TOI per game.  His CF% is outstanding considering where he played the majority of this season.  It’s steady at 53.6%.  The 29-year-old will likely be looking to land a long-term deal worth around 5 million per season.