Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist
29-Year-Old Right WingRW
San Jose Sharks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
One of the most consistent season-to-season producers the NHL has to offer, Nyquist has ranged from 40-to-54 points annually for five years running. However, despite unloading a career-high 213 shots for 21 goals over a full schedule in 2017-18, the Swede dropped from 36 helpers to 19 compared to the prior campaign. Nyquist is a quality sniper with terrific vision, though it appears that his time in Detroit is running out. Between the emergence of Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi and the Red Wings reacquiring journeyman Thomas Vanek through free agency, there's a surplus of less expensive playmakers capable of matching Gus' rate of offensive production. Of course, a trade could potentially do wonders for Nyquist, as he hasn't cracked double-digit totals on the power play since 2015-16. He certainly deserves to be drafted in fantasy, but expectations should be tempered. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $19 million contract extension with the Red Wings in July 2015. Traded to the Sharks in February of 2019.
Registers pair of goals
RWSan Jose Sharks
March 12, 2019
Nyquist scored two goals in a 5-4 victory against the Jets on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
The 29-year-old is already making a big difference for the Sharks. In seven games since coming over from the Red Wings, Nyquist has three goals and four points. All four of those points have come in the last four contests. Overall, he has 19 goals and 53 points in 69 games this season.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:52
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:24
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:07
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:09
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:26
2:49
0:02
2017–18
17:51
2:27
0:00
2018–19
15:52
1:24
0:01
2018–19
18:07
2:09
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Last season, Nyquist was a breath of fresh air for a Red Wings team that struggled in all facets of the game and ended up missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century. The Swede compensated for a lackluster 7.3 shooting percentage by dialing in a career-high 36 assists, and he was one of only three Detroit starters to navigate through the tumultuous season without a negative plus-minus. Gus has two years remaining on his contract -- he'll make $4.75 million per season -- and team brass protected him from the Golden Knights in the expansion draft. When the Wings traded Thomas Vanek to the Panthers at the March 1 deadline, Nyquist was a direct beneficiary, as he blew up for 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in the final 20 games. His scoring totals have slipped precipitously since his career high of 28 goals from the 2013-14 season, but Detroit's fourth-round pick (No. 121 overall) from the 2008 draft has found other ways to contribute offensively for his fantasy owners. A full season without Vanek should be enough to remind Nyquist that he's at his best when he plays an assertive game. Consider selecting him as a steady complement to some of the more elite forwards available on draft day.
Nyquist took a step back offensively in 2015-16, netting 10 fewer goals than the previous campaign, with his power-play tallies cut in half. He did play in all 82 games for the second consecutive season, finishing with 17 goals and 26 assists. Expectations had been at an all-time high for Gus after he signed a four-year, $19 million contract extension last July, but the coaching change from Mike Babcock to Jeff Blashill proved to be a tough adjustment and there weren’t as many shots to go around due to the quick emergence of then-rookie Dylan Larkin. Still, Nyquist has tremendous hockey sense, skates smoothly, and is comfortable working as a pivot or winger in the top-six group of forwards. He’s most likely to be centered by the talented Frans Nielsen on the second line, and with the Red Wings overhauling their assistant coaching staff in the offseason, a return to the 50-point mark should be attainable for the Swede in his age-27 season.
While Nyquist set a career high in points with 54 last year, that actually represents a significant decline from the previous season's scoring rate, and his rating dipped sharply from plus-16 to minus-11. That downturn certainly gave the Swedish winger some things to work on over this offseason. Fortunately, all signs points to him enacting improvements in his game this year -- Nyquist has shown plenty of star qualities in the past, and he's locked into a top-six role with the Wings again. He's not the sort of guy who'll turn over the puck too much or get caught out of place defensively, and Nyquist's elite hands and strong skating ability should lift him into the upper echelon of NHL forwards this year.
Nyquist nearly single-handedly helped push Detroit to a playoff spot in 2013-14, scoring 28 goals and 20 assists in just 57 games. He looked a little overwhelmed in the playoffs, but the 24-year-old is clearly a star in the making. He is primed for a big season in 2014-15, and could move into the top tier of fantasy wingers. While a slump is possible in his second true NHL season, odds are good that he finds another gear and eclipses his performance.
Nyquist impressed in Detroit over the last part of the season and especially in the playoffs, where he provided the Wings with quite a spark when things weren't going well. He should be the frontrunner for the fourth-line center position, although he doesn't have much fantasy value with six points in 22 games last season.
With a couple of opportunities to impress head coach Mike Babcock as a rookie during stints with the big club last season, Nyquist made his mark and ultimately saw time during the playoff series against Nashville. He may not immediately get a top-six forward spot, but Nyquist has a very bright future and would be a candidate to reach 35-40 points even if he ends up skating on the third line with Darren Helm next season. It is expected that Nyquist will develop into a point-per-game player in the long run, and he may be able to play his way onto a scoring line sooner rather than later if he's able to bulk up and make an impression during camp after the Wings' free-agent exploits failed to bring in an elite sniper.
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Scores first goal with Sharks
RWSan Jose Sharks
March 7, 2019
Nyquist potted an empty-net goal to cap a 5-2 win over the Canadiens on Thursday.
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Physical in Sharks debut
RWSan Jose Sharks
February 27, 2019
Nyquist failed to score a point but did supply three hits, a shot on goal and a minus-1 rating in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Bruins.
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Dealt to Sharks
RWSan Jose Sharks
February 24, 2019
Nyquist was acquired by San Jose from Detroit in exchange for a pair of draft picks Sunday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
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Not against waiving no-trade clause
RWDetroit Red Wings
February 24, 2019
Nyquist would be willing to waive his no-trade clause in the right situation, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports.
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Back to full health
RWDetroit Red Wings
February 19, 2019
Nyquist (illness) suited up in Tuesday's practice and will play in Wednesday's home game against Chicago, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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