Gustav Nyquist to replace Johan Franzen for Swedish Olympic team

Nyquist has eight goals in the last seven games. (Getty Images)
Nyquist has eight goals in the last seven games. (Getty Images)

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Sweden lost one of their many Red Wings players for the Olympics with Johan Franzen dealing with concussion issues so who did the country turn to to replace the Mule? Why, the Red Wings, of course.

According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free-Press, Wings rookie Gustav Nyquist has been added to the Swedish Olympic team to replace Franzen.

With the way he has been playing lately, Nyquist made the decision a little easier for the Swedes to make, who were likely also considering Patric Hornqvist and Marcus Johansson among the candidate. That's because Nyquist has been on an asbolute tear lately. After a hat trick on Sunday in Washington, Nyquist has eight goals and three assists in the past seven games for Detroit.

Nyquist joins five other Red Wings who will be playing for the Swedes, a real gold-medal contender in Sochi. His teammates Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, onathan Ericsson and goalie Jonas Gustavsson will also be there. Don't discount the value that kind of familiarity with each other might have for Sweden.

That Swedish contingent doesn't include the injured Franzen and then Joakim Andersson and the recently reassigned Mikael Samuelsson, each of whom wasn't named to the Olympic team. Detroit is Stockholm West.

Sweden will open the Olympic tournament on Feb. 12 against the Czech Republic. Check out the entire hockey schedule for the Olympics here.

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