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by George Malik on 03/13/11 at 05:46 PM ET
As mentioned this morning, Red Wings prospect, former Hobey Baker Award finalist and University of Maine Black Bears forward (and junior-year collegian) Gustav Nyquist has a big decision to make. The Wings are interested in signing Nyquist prior to his senior year because the team tends to believe that NCAA-playing prospects who are dominant players by the time that they’re sophomores or juniors are best served by jumping a step on the pro hockey ladder, spending an extra year or two adjusting to the duration, intensity, competition and conditioning levels required to play in the AHL instead of developmentally standing still in college.
Nyquist told the Portland Press-Herald’s Rachel Lenzi that he wasn’t sure whether he’d return to Maine for his senior season, and the Free Press’s George Sipple confirms that the Red Wings do want Nyquist to consider turning pro and signing a contract with the Wings this year, perhaps even joining the Grand Rapids Griffins for a few late-regular season or playoff games, presumably before bringing him up to the big club as a “Black Ace,” to give him a head-head start in terms of his pro hockey development:
“He’ll decide over the next week whether he’ll turn pro or not,” said Nill, who said he saw Nyquist play three times in person this season. “He might have exams. He has to talk with his parents and decide. If he’s willing to come out, we’d like to get him signed to turn him pro.”
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