The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/01/14 at 01:04 PM ET
Paul will post this in KK Hockey, but for Red Wings fans' sakes...
NEW YORK (April 1, 2014) – Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla, Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist and Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of March.
SECOND STAR – GUSTAV NYQUIST, RW, DETROIT RED WINGS
Nyquist ranked second in the NHL with 12 goals and tied for fifth with 18 points to help the Red Wings go 7-6-2 and move into the first Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference (35-26-14, 84 points).
He found the back of the net in nine of 15 games, including a six-game goal streak March 16-25 (9-1—10), the longest by a Red Wings player since Daniel Cleary had an equal run Nov. 5-17, 2010 (8-2—10). Nyquist posted a career-high four points (1-3—4) March 7 vs. NJ and added three two-goal performances: March 18 vs. TOR, March 23 vs. MIN and March 25 at CBJ. He also chipped in his team-leading fifth game-winning goal of the season March 22 at MIN. The 24-year-old Halmstad, Sweden, native leads the League with 22 goals in 27 games since Jan. 20 and is currently on a nine-game point streak (11-2—13), the longest by a Red Wings player since Dec. 22, 2010-Jan. 10, 2011 (Henrik Zetterberg: 6-10—16 in 11 games). Playing in his third NHL season, all with the Red Wings, Nyquist leads the team with 27 goals and is tied for second with 45 points in 50 games.
ESPN's Craig Custance had this to say about Nyquist in an Insider-only blog entry discussing young players who may make significant playoff impacts:
3. Gustav Nyquist, Detroit Red Wings
Nyquist has been seizing opportunity in Detroit for a while, with 27 goals in 50 games, finishing March with 12 goals in 15 games. He is shooting 19.6 percent, with the puck finding the net at a ridiculous rate. That’s not a pace that will continue in the postseason, but Detroit’s run last spring helped Nyquist get invaluable playoff experience. Right now, 17 percent of his career NHL games have been in the postseason. If Detroit makes the postseason, they are going to get a powerhouse in either Boston or Pittsburgh, so Nyquist’s pace can’t slow too much for the Red Wings to pull off an upset.
Former teammate Valtteri Filppula believes Nyquist is the real deal.
“Everybody always thought he was a real good player,” Filppula said. “He doesn’t really have weakness. He skates well, he’s skilled, he can shoot the puck, and pucks are going in. It’s really good for him, not so good for the opponents.”
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