The Detroit Red Wings sent youngster Gustav Nyquist back to Grand Rapids yesterday in a move to make the roster limit and avoid cap problems. The Wings roster is loaded with forwards giving coach Mike Babcock not too many options on who to send where.
With the injuries Detroit is already dealing with, they still had to make some room and cut down on roster size a bit. That’s where Nyquist comes in. Goose was coming along great last season, playing in 22 regular season games, he scored 3 goals and notched 3 assists. He played well in the playoffs as well scoring twice and adding 3 assist in 14 games.
Nyquist is going through the same thing many Red Wings players have had to deal with while being developed. Forward Justin Abdelkader had to deal with the same problems when he was trying to make the Red Wings roster. Nyquist has earned his spot on the Red Wings roster, and I don’t agree that he should be the one that pays the price. He’ll likely be back in Detroit shortly, but in the mean time, he’s going back to the AHL to spend some more time with the Griffins.
Nyquist has paid his dues in the minors and deserves a spot on the Red Wings roster. I have no doubt he’ll be back by the end of the season, but he deserves to be suited up at the Joe on opening night. The Red Wings have a funny way of developing players, and it makes it hard to watch sometimes. But with the way Tomas Tatar played during the preseason, I can’t argue with Tatar being on the roster at all. What Detroit needs is to move one of the third and fourth line forwards they have an over abundance of.
Fourth line center Cory Emmerton was also sent through waivers and put on the Grand Rapids roster, only to be pulled back up to the NHL roster right away. The battle to set the roster in Detroit is going to only get worse. The Wings have Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves both placed on injured reserve at the moment. Helm is still battling back issues, and Eaves is battling a knee injury.
Detroit’s roster for their opening game tomorrow night will look something like, Justin Abdelkader, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Stephen Weiss, Daniel Alfredsson, Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, Mikael Samuelsson, Tomas Tatar, Drew Miller, and Cory Emmerton as forwards. The defense will be Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Brendan Smith, Danny Dekeyser, Jakub Kindl, and Kyle Quincey. The net will be filled by Jimmy Howard, and Petr Mrazek will likely back him up on the bench after being recalled tonight.