By: Owen Bower, Staff Writer
Gustav Nyquist was traded to the San Jose Sharks by the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, February 24th.
The Red Wings will receive a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2020 for the forward, and is in the final season of a four-year contract signed July 10, 2015. Nyquist can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Nyquist, 29, has 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) in 62 games this season. He scored against the Sharks in Detroit’s 5-3 loss at Little Caesars Arena earlier Sunday.
“To find a top-six forward that’s really versatile, plays the game the way he does, good speed, he sees the game in a great way,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said of Nyquist on Monday.
“That was an ingredient that we identified would be nice to add. I think you watch his game yesterday when he scored a goal in Detroit’s 5-3 loss to San Jose, not that that was the final viewing or decision, but … he had eight shots … he made things happen every time he was out on the ice. We felt that a guy like him, you’d have to give a certain price. The thing for us was we didn’t want to give up any players off our roster, we didn’t want to give up any of our younger players, our top prospects that are close to playing. So we took that into consideration when we went after Nyquist.”
Selected by Detroit in the fourth round (No. 121) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Nyqvist has 295 points (125 goals, 170 assists) in 481 regular-season games. He has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 35 Stanley Cup Playoff games.