Ken Holland stayed up late into the early hours of Monday morning, striking a deal with San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson.
The trade sent Gustav Nyquist to the Bay area in exchange for a 2019 second round pick and a conditional 2020 third round pick.
Nyquist, who is having a rebound year on a subpar Detroit team, has 49 points in 62 games. The speedy winger made waves when he first entered the league in 2013-14, but he has since seemingly topped out as a middle-six forward.
For the Sharks, this is a cheap, nice addition to their middle six. He will slide Joonas Donskoi and Kevin Labanc down, and potentially move Melker Karlsson into the fourth line center spot in place of Barclay Goodrow.
Nyquist provides yet another scoring threat on an already scary Sharks team. After making a run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, the Sharks have failed to make it back to play June hockey. With Martin Jones backing them in the cage and Erik Karlsson in his first season on the blueline, the Sharks have a legitimate chance to make a run in the Western Conference.
Few teams can truly match San Jose’s depth and star power, and Nyquist adds to that. It will be interesting to see how Peter DeBoer shuffles his lines, but regardless of what he does, the Sharks have solidified themselves as a real threat with this move. Nashville and Winnipeg should look out.
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