Saturday, July 11

Neil Parker


Gustav Nyquist, Patrick Sharp, Kevin Shattenkirk and more …






Gustav Nyquist signed a four-year, $4.75 million contract Friday.


He followed up his 28-goal breakout during 2013-14 season with 27 tallies last year, albeit in 25 more games. Nyquist is an exceptional shooter and offensive player. He has 40-goal upside. However, no one should be surprised if he settles in as a solid 25-to-30 goal scorer annually.


Entering his age-26 season, there might not be another level to his production, either. His skills suggest there is, though. And, it is fair to suggest he wasn’t utilized in the best offensive roles all the time last season. There is a littler more to this coming.


Expect that to change in the upcoming campaign, and for the Red Wings to lean on Nyquist in offensive situations more. He did only average 16:39 minutes per game last year. And he surely can improve on his even-strength play, as 24 of his points and 14 of his goals were of the power-play variety.