The San Jose Sharks solidified their push for playoff glory by acquiring forward Gustav Nyquist from the Detroit Red Wings late Sunday.
The trade saw San Jose send Detroit two draft picks. One was a conditional pick for the third round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and the other was a second-rounder for 2019’s draft.
Nyquist had to waive his no-trade clause to make the deal happen.
“Gustav is a talented, versatile forward who plays with speed and a strong hockey sense,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. “His track record of strong play and character speak for themselves and we’re very excited to add him to our dressing room.”
The 29-year-old has 16 goals and 33 helpers this season with the Red Wings. He’s in the final year of a four-year contract worth $19 million. Detroit is set to retain 30 percent of his salary.
Nyquist was selected by the Red Wings in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. In 481 regular season games, all with Detroit, he has 295 points – including 125 goals and 170 assists.
In 35 playoff games, Nyquist has eight points.
For San Jose, this pickup is all about depth.
They’re currently second in the Pacific Division, just a shade behind Calgary, and they’ll take the sort of offensive boost Nyquist can bring. He can fit just about anywhere in the lineup, which is great when you consider how thin the Sharks look in the bottom six.
Interestingly, this deal makes San Jose the only team in the NHL with six players with more than 15 goals. When Nyquist having a career year, it’s likely to only get better with the talented Sharks roster surrounding him. The possibility of him serving as Joe Thornton’s wing should have people salivating. Nyquist should be able to top 20 goals this season, barring a Mats Zuccarello-like bit of bad luck.
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