Former University of Maine star Gustav Nyquist will make his National Hockey League debut for the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild.
The 22-year-old right winger, who passed up his senior year at Maine to sign with the team that drafted him in the fourth round (121st overall) in 2008, had four goals and five assists in nine games for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. He had three goals and averaged a point per game for Detroit in the exhibition season.
“I think he’s a guy who can help our team,” said Detroit coach Mike Babcock in a Detroit Free Press story. “He’s been great in the AHL. The ball is in his court now. We’ll see what he can do.
“He makes plays. He wants the puck and he’s a skill player,” added Babcock whose Red Wings have scored only four goals during a current four-game losing streak.
Nyquist led Maine in scoring all three years and finished with 50 goals, 94 assists in 113 career games. He led the nation in scoring his sophomore year (19 & 42).
He was an All-American at Maine and a Hobey Baker Award finalist.