NHL Prospect Watch: Detroit Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist

August 11th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
When the Detroit Red Wings announce a late-round draft pick, everyone in the hockey world turns their head.

After all, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg were drafted in the sixth and seventh rounds.

Gustav Nyquist, the Wings’ fourth-round (121st overall) draft pick in 2008 is another one of those picks that has people wondering, “Just how do those darn Wings do it?” Nyquist began his career in Sweden, then decided to attend the University of Maine to play NCAA hockey instead of taking the more popular route of Canadian major junior.

“I’ve always thought that education is important,” Nyquist said. “If something happens to you, if you get hurt or if hockey doesn’t work out, you always have a great education to go back on.

"I think (Maine) did a great job of recruiting me. I spoke a lot with (the coaches). I saw a few games up here and the area is unbelievable. I think they have the best fans in college hockey.”

Nyquist’s strengths don’t go unnoticed by his peers or coaches. The Finance major and Hobey Baker finalist won Maine’s MVP award after putting ...

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