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Red Wings are interested in signing Gustav Nyquist, sending him to Grand Rapids

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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Neznarf's avatar

It’s time for this kid to make the jump.  Hope to see him in a Wings jersey in the future.

Posted by Neznarf on 03/13/11 at 08:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, what will the Griffins’ look like with all that talent?  Fraser’s gonna be swimming with riches available to him.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 03/13/11 at 09:27 PM ET

Bradley97's avatar

I’m torn on this. The brain trust knows what’s best, but I like to see a college player graduate before signing. That buys extra time for development if there is a log jam and perhaps could be the difference in not giving someone else a chance to prove himself here. I’d hate to lose a good player because another good player signed “early.” However if he no longer feels challenged at the college level then perhaps the best thing for him is to turn pro now and work on finishing his degree in the summers. Not everyone benefits from dominating at one level for too long.

Posted by Bradley97 on 03/14/11 at 01:28 AM ET

Chris in A^2's avatar

Makes sense. Mursak, Ilari Filppula and Emmerton are all subject to wavers next season Tatar, Nyquist, Callahan and Landon Ferraro are the next wave of forward prospects, there will be room for Nyquist to join the others in Grand Rapids next season.  When those guys graduate from the AHL, it’ll be time for Pulkkinen, Jarnkrok and Sheahan to do their stint with the Griffins.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 03/14/11 at 04:45 AM ET

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