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Switching Wings: Nyquist to replace Franzen on Swedish Olympic team

Feb 3, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

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On Monday, the Swedish national team replaced one Detroit forward with another.

Gustav Nyquist was named as an injury replacement for the concussed Johan Franzen, according to the Detroit Free Press. That makes it 11 Red Wings named to their respective national teams for the Winter Olympics in Sochi: Nyquist, Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk (Russia), Tomas Jurco (Slovakia), Tomas Tatar (Slovakia), Jonas Gustavsson (Sweden), Jonathan Ericsson (Sweden), Niklas Kronwall (Sweden), Daniel Alfredsson (Sweden), Henrik Zetterberg (Sweden) and Jimmy Howard (United States).

Nyquist, 24, has been in fine form as of late, notching a hat trick and an assist in a 5-4 OT loss to Washington on Sunday. Nyquist now has 12 points in his last eight games and 22 in 30 this season.

A fourth-round pick by Detroit at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Nyquist made the Swedish team as an injury replacement over the likes of Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist and Washington’s Marcus Johansson, both of whom were shortlisted to take Franzen’s spot.

  1. sjsharks86 - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Congrats to Gus, he earned his spot on that team with the way he’s been playing this season. Hope to see a lot more of him in the future, the kids got skills.

  2. paperkid96 - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I think Sweden made an upgrade. Gus works a lot harder.

  3. 2dollarpbrs - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Nyquist has consistently got on the scoring sheet when given the chance

    He lead the NCAA is scoring at UMaine ( and somehow didn’t win the Hobey Baker ) and lead Grand Rapids in points last year

    Not sure what took Detriot so long to get this guy in the lineup??

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      IIRC, One report was that Babcock made a comment Nyquist was too willing to defer to any and all veterans when it came to scoring. He’d look to pass to the vets first to allow them to take the shot, even when it would be a better play for him to take the shot himself. Babcock said they had been working with him on that and they’re now seeing the results.

      8 goals in the past 7 games now. He’s really heating up just in time to help Sweden on the big ice. He’s also got really good speed. Not Darren Helm speed, but still noticeable, which will also play an important part in Sochi.

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