Gustav Nyquist Is Poster Child for Detroit Red Wings’ Onboarding of Prospects

November 11th, 2014 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

The Detroit Red Wings have been a gold standard in the NHL when it comes to the integration of prospects. It was made abundantly clear by Jonathan Willis of Bleacher Report in a piece about how each NHL team built its roster.

Of the 23 players on the roster, 66.7 percent came through the draft, and that just speaks to general manager Ken Holland's philosophy of building a team with youngsters. The one constant that has been a fixture of the Red Wings has been the speed in which prospects are developed, and it ultimately has made a huge difference for the franchise.

Like a fine wine, or bourbon if that's your cup of tea, the Wings let players marinate until they are overly ready for the NHL.

Gustav Nyquist's success this year has been amazing, and his story makes him the poster child for the Wings' influx of prospects. Before Nyquist, there was Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson, Valtteri Filppula, Darren Helm, Jiri Hudler, Tomas Jurco, Jakub Kindl, Niklas Kronwall, and the list goes on.

Each has his own success story, but Nyquist's is one that has been in the public eye for the last few seas ...

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