University of Maine junior right wing Gustav Nyquist, recently named a Hobey Baker Award finalist for the second straight year, has agreed to terms with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and will join their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for the stretch run.
A source close to the situation said Nyquist will sign a standard Amateur Tryout (ATO) contract so he can begin his pro career immediately and he will also sign a two-year, two-way contract that will kick in this summer.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
A two-way contract means he will have a different pay scale depending upon if he plays in Grand Rapids or Detroit. The AHL minimum is $37,500 while the NHL minimum is $500,000.
The Red Wings chose him in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL draft. He was the 121st overall pick.
The 21-year-old Nyquist, an assistant captain, led the Black Bears in scoring for the second straight year with 18 goals and 33 assists in 36 games. His 51 points tie him for 10th in the country and his 1.42 points per game are sixth best. His 33 assists tie him for fourth and he is sixth in assists per game (0.92).
The dynamic Nyquist finished strong with points in 11 of his last 12 games (11 goals, 10 assists). He had 14 multiple-point games and registered 21 points on the power play (5 & 16). He had a game-winning goal and assisted on seven more game-winners and he also had two goals and an assist while the Bears were shorthanded.
He led the country in scoring a year ago with 19 goals and 42 assists for 61 points in 39 games.
He is a two-time Hockey East first-team selection who was a first-team All-American last season.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Malmo, Sweden, is tied for 17th on the UMaine’s all-time scoring list with 144 points (50 & 94) in 113 games.