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Helm Out With Groin Issue

from Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press,

Gustav Nyquist’s family got a nice surprise when they arrived at Grand Rapids Griffins practice on Thursday afternoon at Van Andel Arena.

The rookie forward had just been recalled by the parent club Detroit Red Wings. He’ll join the team in Chicago for Friday night’s game and should fill in for Darren Helm, who is nursing a groin injury.

“It was fun news. They just got in,” Nyquist said. “It’s funny, they just drove in from Chicago. They were there for a couple days and now I’m heading there again so they might have to drive back to catch the game.”

Nyquist leads the Griffins and ranks second in the American Hockey League among rookies with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 30 games.


added 4:27pm, Wings release is below…

Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today announced that forward Gustav Nyquist has been recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.  Nyquist, 22, has appeared in one NHL game, suiting up for the Wings on Nov. 1, 2011 vs. the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena (0-0—0, 11:07).  The Wings also placed forward Tomas Holmstrom on injured reserve.  Holmstrom suffered a groin injury late in the second period of Detroit’s 4-1 win at Nashville on Dec. 26.

Nyquist was Detroit’s fourth round selection (121st overall) in the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  The 5-11, 185-lb. native of Halmsted, Sweden currently leads the Griffins in scoring with 30 points in 30 games (9-21—30) in his first full season in the AHL.  Nyquist joined the Griffins at the conclusion of his 2010-11 college season at the University of Maine where he led the Black Bears in scoring for three consecutive seasons and earned two Hobey Baker Award nominations.

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Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/29/11 at 07:05 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

He can’t just wear a cage over it like when he hurt his face?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/29/11 at 07:07 PM ET

sjketcheson's avatar

He got shoved into the boards and did the splits, can’t remember what period. He was definitely in pain after and I was surprised he played the rest of the game.

Posted by sjketcheson from the floor of the Hasek on 12/29/11 at 07:14 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Sucks for an already struggling penalty kill.

Maybe they play Pavel and Hank shorthanded more for the next few games,

Posted by SolidTG7 on 12/29/11 at 07:18 PM ET

SYF's avatar

On the other hand, I’m excited we get to see yet another highly-regarded Wings prospect for a couple of games.  Heard and read so much about them on Wuest’s site and other blogs so this will be fun.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/29/11 at 07:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

And by other “blogs,” I mean primarily Malik’s stunning reports on his TMR blog from the prospects camp in Traverse City.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/29/11 at 07:41 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Yeah, I’m excited to see what Nyquist can do.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 12/29/11 at 08:03 PM ET

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He got shoved into the boards and did the splits

Posted by sjketcheson from Ottawa on 12/29/11 at 04:14 PM ET

Well, he’s in better shape than me. I pulled a groin opening a bottle of wine today.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/29/11 at 08:57 PM ET

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How many players have been injured this year?  Conner, Eaves, Holmstrom, Helm, Mursak, who else?  Too many. 

Well, he’s in better shape than me. I pulled a groin opening a bottle of wine today.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/29/11 at 05:57 PM ET

Now this was funny.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 12/29/11 at 09:59 PM ET


Wings site and Freep say Holmstrom, GR press says Helm?

Posted by herschel c. wollmack on 12/29/11 at 10:01 PM ET

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herschel c. wollmack, Wings needed roster space so Holmstrom went on IR, but the reason he was brought up was Helm with a groin problem.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/29/11 at 10:06 PM ET


ah ha.

Posted by herschel c. wollmack on 12/29/11 at 10:22 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

No Homer on the PP and no Helm on the PK. This will be a challenge this weekend. Hope others can step up defensively. I do enjoy getting to see these GR guys play. But Chicago…  let’s hope the Wings have a great night and the Hawks have an “off” night. LGRW !!!!!

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 12/30/11 at 12:29 AM ET


None of the Wings injuries excepting Eaves and Mursak are too long lasting.

The BJs just lost Wisniewski to a broken ankle.  Imagine if The Perfect Human were lost for 8-10 weeks…I shudder at the thought.  The poor get poorer.

Nyquist was going to see time in the show this season sometime (I predicted he’d be the first Black Ace and will play in the playoffs regularly a la Helm of 2008-09).

The Wings farm system is “fully stocked” and I expect one of two of them to be traded, as they can’t be sent down without passing through waivers.  After the Quincey debacle, teams are chomping at the bit to get a crack at “free” youngsters. 

Emmerton and Mursak can’t be sent down (other than conditioning for Mursak) without re-entry waivers.  Tatar is not waiver exempt next season.  Luckily pending the Homer and Bertuzzi retirements, there will be room, pending other moves off-season or at the deadline.  The only prospects I see that Wings considering untouchable based on their potential are Nyquist and Smith.  Also Jurco will be in the AHL next year.  He’s is TEARING it up with the Sea Dogs, and his plus minus is above +20.  Looks like the Wings got a steal.  AGAIN.

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas, NV on 12/30/11 at 07:00 AM ET

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