Nyquist will not be exposed to the Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft, MLive.com reports.
Gus is said to be one of seven forwards that Red Wings GM Ken Holland will be protecting. The 27-year-old Swede is far too important to the club, considering that he's a perennial power-play contributor who's averaged a goal in just over 25 percent of his 337 career contests. Instead of risking the loss of Nyquist for no return, the Wings are more apt to expose a guy like Riley Sheahan -- a third-liner coming off a miserable season that included a mere 13 points and minus-29 rating over 80 games.
Nyquist was one of the few Red Wings to have improved on last year's point totals, going from 43 to 48. That accomplishment was made possible by a career-high 36 assists, though he did take a big step back in scoring, notching five fewer goals both on the man advantage and in total. The winger position was very crowded in Detroit this year, but Nyquist kicked it up a notch and finished with 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the final 10 games -- including multi-point outings in half of those contests. The Swede seemed to shift a gear once Thomas Vanek left at the trade deadline, so it'll be interesting to see if GM Ken Holland feels the need to bring the Austrian back.
Nyquist recorded a power-play goal in Monday's 5-4 shootout win over the visiting Senators.
Gus successfully redirected defenseman Mike Green's shot attempt from the point. While his scoring is the lowest it's been since as a full-time player -- he's provided only 12 goals in 73 games -- Nyquist has been playing unselfish hockey as evidenced by 33 assists, ranking second in that category only to captain Henrik Zetterberg and his 50 spot.
Nyquist scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Nyquist has nine points in his last nine games. The goal was just his 11th. Nyquist's shooting success and goal totals have been in serious decline since 2013-14. And unless his game takes an uptick, Nyquist has likely already seen the best output of his career.
Nyquist registered two assists during Monday's win over Carolina.
It was the veteran's second consecutive two-point game and fifth multi-point effort sine returning from his suspension March 4. Nyquist is up to three goals and 13 points during that 13 game stretch and appears poised to finish the campaign strong. However, fantasy owners have to wonder what's happened to Nyquist's sniper ways. Since scoring 28 goals in 57 games during the 2013-14 campaign, he's seen his goal total and shooting percentage decline annually. He currently has just 10 goals with a 6.6 shooting percentage, and while his 32 assists are helpful, more tallies are needed in the majority of seasonal leagues. Counting on a mild rebound next year will likely pay off, but expecting another 25-goal campaign is probably a stretch.