The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/02/14 at 03:19 AM ET
In light of Gustav Nyquist's recent success, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned one helluva profile of the Wings' undersized but uber-competitive goal-scorer, and Krupa's profile is way too superb to simply stuff it into the overnight report:
The son of a surgeon and an architect, Nyquist was third in his high school class and a dedicated schoolboy athlete. After a particularly great season of college hockey, he was prepared to a state of overly ripe in Grand Rapids.
Now, he focuses on working with a bunch of other young guys to propel one of the oldest, proudest franchises in the NHL into the playoffs, while tamping down unrealistic expectations about his performance.
“I think a lot of guys have stepped up with all the injuries,” Nyquist said. “That’s what we’ve needed from the young guys, including me. It’s given me more opportunity to play. Obviously, if you play more, you get more comfortable out there. You get a lot more confidence with the puck. And, I think that’s what’s happened with a lot of other guys, too.”
Keep reading, because Krupa reveals oodles of biographical information about the slick Swede, as well as oodles of praise from both Nyquist's teammates and coach as well as Jeff Blashill, who dealt with Nyquist when he was stuck in the AHL.
If you haven't seen it, while I was out of the office, Warrior Hockey posted a neat little commercial featuring Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Jonas Gustavsson and a certain Daniel Cleary playing street hockey with kids from the Little Caesars team, then eating coneys at Lafayette Coney Island and heading to Cobo Joe's:
Warrior's based in Warren, and I have to give them kudos for both their goofy Howard-and-Gustavsson watch movie trailers commercial and not messing with Nyquist's gloves. The Warrior Luxe and Covert models are essentially the same design, but the newer Covert gloves have a leather trim, and Nyquist didn't want to switch...So they didn't make him switch. Good equipment companies know when to leave well enough alone.
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