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Gustav Nyquist (born 1 September 1989) is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nyquist was drafted 121st overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Gustav Nyquist
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Gustav Nyquist warms up at Joe Louis Arena on 4 April 2014.
Born (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 29)
Halmstad, Sweden[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
San Jose Sharks
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 121st overall, 2008
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2011–present

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Nyquist was born in Halmstad in southern Sweden. He and his family later moved to the city of Malmö, where Nyquist began playing hockey for a local youth team, Limhamn Hockey. He later joined the Malmö Redhawks organization, playing for their under −16, −18 and −20 teams. After graduating from high school with top grades, he moved to the town of Orono, Maine, to continue his academic and hockey career at the University of Maine, where he played for the Black Bears.

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Nyquist played in the Malmö Redhawks' organization and represented Scania in the 2006 TV-pucken tournament, where Scania finished second to Gothenburg.

Nyquist played three seasons for the University of Maine's Black Bears of the NCAA's Hockey East conference. He led the team in points in all of his three seasons, and was the NCAA's regular season scoring leader in the 2009–10 season.[2] In 2010, he was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2010, eventually edged-out by the University of Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion.[3] Nyquist left the Black Bears after his junior year, signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team that drafted him 121st overall in 2008, on 25 March 2011.[4]

ProfessionalEdit

Detroit Red WingsEdit

Nyquist made his professional hockey debut with the Red Wings' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, on 25 March 2011, in a game against the Texas Stars. In his second AHL game, on 26 March, also against Texas Stars, he scored his first AHL goal on an assist from Jamie Tardif.

Gustav made his NHL debut with Detroit on 1 November 2011, in a game against the Minnesota Wild.[1] On 26 March 2012, he scored his first career NHL goal against Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets.[5]

Nyquist made his Stanley Cup playoff debut on 13 April 2012, against the Nashville Predators. He was re-called from Grand Rapids after forward Darren Helm suffered a deep gash to his right forearm in Game 1, when he was cut by the skate blade of Alexander Radulov, leading to season-ending surgery.

During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, his second professional campaign, Nyquist recorded three goals and three assists in 22 regular season games for the Red Wings. In Game 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Nyquist scored a game-winning overtime goal against the Anaheim Ducks to even the series at 1–1. He also scored the first goal in Game 3 of the 2013 Western Conference Semi-finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, though Chicago would eventually defeat Detroit and emerge as Stanley Cup champions.[6] In 14 playoff games, Nyquist recorded two goals and three assists.

In addition to his NHL contributions for 2012–13, Nyquist was also the leading-scorer for the Grand Rapids Griffins' season, recording 23 goals and 37 assists in 60 regular season games. After the Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs, Nyquist joined the Griffins during the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs. He recorded two goals and five assists in 10 AHL playoff games to help lead the Griffins to the Calder Cup championship.[7] Nyquist was named the Detroit Red Wings rookie of the year at the conclusion of the season by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association.[8]

On 20 August 2013, prior to the beginning of the 2013–14 season, the Red Wings signed Nyquist to a two-year, $1.9 million contract extension.[9] On 2 February 2014, Nyquist registered his first career hat-trick in a game against the Washington Capitals.[10] On 24 March 2014, Nyquist was named NHL's First Star of the Week; he led all NHL players with six goals and tied for the League lead with seven points in four games, helping the Red Wings earn seven of a possible eight points.[11] Nyquist was also named the NHL Second Star of the Month for March. He finished the month with the second-most goals, 12, and was tied for fifth with 18 points to help the Red Wings post a 7–6–2 record and move into the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Nyquist scored in nine of 15 games, including a six-game goal streak, the longest by a Red Wing since 2010. Nyquist registered three two-goal games in March, and posted a career-high four-point night on 7 March.[12]

Nyquist finished the 2013–14 season with a team-leading 28 goals, in addition to 20 assists, in 57 games played for the Red Wings. He also led all NHL skaters with 23 goals from 20 January until the end of the regular season. With six game-winning goals, he became the youngest player to lead the Red Wings in that statistic since a 24-year-old Sergei Fedorov led the Red Wings with ten in 1993–94.[13] On 15 October 2014, Nyquist played in his 100th career NHL game. He became the first Red Wing to score 35 or more goals in his first 100 career NHL games since Vyacheslav Kozlov recorded 37 goals for Detroit between the 1991–92 and 1993–94 seasons.[14]

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Nyquist became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Red Wings made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights and on 5 July 2015, Nyquist filed for salary arbitration.[15] On 10 July 2015, the Red Wings signed Nyquist to a four-year, $19 million contract extension.[16]

On 15 February 2017, Nyquist was suspended for six games for dangerously high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face during a game between the two teams that took place three days earlier.[17]

San Jose SharksEdit

On 24 February 2019, Nyquist was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.[18]

Columbus Blue JacketsEdit

On July 1, 2019, Nyquist left the Sharks as a free agent and signed a four-year, $22 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[19]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
  2014 Sochi
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
  2014 Belarus

Nyquist was selected as a replacement for Red Wing teammate Johan Franzén to represent Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where he won a silver medal.[20]

Nyquist represented Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded four goals and two assists in ten games, and won a bronze medal.

Nyquist represented Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, where he was the leading scorer for Sweden, recording seven goals and one assist in eight games. His seven goals was tied with Patrik Laine for the tournament lead.[21]

Nyquist represented Sweden at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded four goals and one assist in nine games, and won a gold medal.

PersonalEdit

Gustav has a brother, Oscar Nyquist, who has played junior hockey for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).[22] He was selected to play for Team Sweden in the 2015 Winter Universiade held in Granada, Spain.[23]

The Thoroughbred race horse Nyquist, winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby, was named in honor of Gustav Nyquist by the owner, J. Paul Reddam, who is a fan of the Red Wings.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Malmö Redhawks J20 42 21 23 44 57 4 2 2 4 6
2007–08 Malmö Redhawks J20 24 11 20 31 20 7 5 5 10 6
2008–09 University of Maine HE 38 13 19 32 28
2009–10 University of Maine HE 39 19 42 61 20
2010–11 University of Maine HE 36 18 33 51 20
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 8 1 3 4 2
2011–12 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 56 22 36 58 18
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 18 1 6 7 2 4 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 58 23 37 60 34 10 2 5 7 19
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 3 3 6 6 14 2 3 5 2
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 15 7 14 21 6
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 57 28 20 48 10 5 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 27 27 54 26 7 1 1 2 2
2015–16 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 17 26 43 34 5 1 0 1 6
2016–17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 12 36 48 18
2017–18 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 21 19 40 20
2018–19 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 16 33 49 8
2018–19 San Jose Sharks NHL 19 6 5 11 4 20 1 10 11 0
NHL totals 500 131 175 306 128 55 5 14 19 10

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Sweden Oly   6 0 0 0 0
2014 Sweden WC   10 4 2 6 2
2016 Sweden WC 6th 8 7 1 8 4
2018 Sweden WC   9 4 1 5 8
Senior totals 33 15 4 19 14

Awards and achievementsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Halmstadkille gör NHL-debut" (in Swedish). hallandsposten.se. 1 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Hockey East Announces 2010 All-Rookie Team". Hockey East. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  3. ^ Snow, Bob (1 April 2010). "Butler, Geoffrion, Nyquist are Hobey Baker finalists". National Hockey League. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  4. ^ Roose, Bill (25 March 2011). "Nyquist signed to entry-level deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings game summary".
  6. ^ Masisak, Corey (6 August 2014). "Red Wings shut down Blackhawks to win Game 3". National Hockey League. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Gustav Nyqusit". hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  8. ^ Sipple, George (28 June 2013). "Gustav Nyquist named Red Wings rookie of the year". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  9. ^ Roose, Bill (20 August 2013). "Wings reach agreement with Nyquist". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Gustav Nyquist nets hat trick versus Capitals". National Hockey League. 2 February 2014. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  11. ^ Nelson, Andrea (24 March 2014). "Nyquist named NHL First Star of the week". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  12. ^ Roose, Bill (1 April 2014). "Nyquist named 'Second Star' of month". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  13. ^ Roose, Bill (4 August 2014). "By The Numbers: Gustav Nyquist". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  14. ^ Roose, Bill (16 October 2014). "Notes: Nyquist reaches new heights". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  15. ^ Kulfan, Ted (6 July 2015). "Wings' Gustav Nyquist files for salary arbitration". The Detroit News. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  16. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (10 July 2015). "Detroit agrees to four-year deal with Gustav Nyquist". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Gustav Nyquist of Red Wings suspended six games". National Hockey League. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Sharks Acquire Forward Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings". National Hockey League. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Blue Jackets sign forward Gustav Nyquist". Columbus Blue Jackets. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  20. ^ Nelson, Andrea (3 February 2014). "Nyquist to replace Franzen in Olympics". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  21. ^ St. James, Helene (14 May 2016). "Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist among leading goal-scorers at hockey worlds". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  22. ^ Oscar Nyquist Eurohockey profile
  23. ^ WBS Knights alumni article[permanent dead link]
  24. ^ Jeff Seidel (6 May 2016). "Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist owned by die-hard Wings fan". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  25. ^ "Hockey East Announces 2008–09 All-Rookie Team". Hockey East. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  26. ^ "Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion wins Hobey Baker Award". Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  27. ^ "UNH'S Butler, Maine's Nyquist Headline Hockey East All-Star Selections". Hockey East. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  28. ^ "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide".
  29. ^ "Hockey East Announces 2010–2011 All-Star Teams". Hockey East. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  30. ^ "2011–12 AHL All-Rookie Team announced". American Hockey League. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  31. ^ "First and Second All-Star Teams announced". American Hockey League. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Colin Wilson
James Marcou
Hockey East Scoring Champion
(with Bobby Butler)

2009–10
Succeeded by
Paul Thompson