Originally written on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 11/20/14

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 13: Eric Nystrom #23 of the Calgary Flames awaits the faceoff during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 13, 2009 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Eric Nystrom will never win the Rocket Richard Trophy. Despite that, in 2012-13, Nystrom had one of his best seasons as an NHL player, racking up 11 points (7G – 4A) in 48 games with the Dallas Stars. During the lockout, he also briefly played in Norway with the Stavanger Oilers, scoring a mere 7 points in the first game of his six game stint with the team. In 408 NHL games, the Michigan alumnus has collected 83 points (46 G – 37A), but also a fairly respectable 308 penalty minutes. Basically, everything about Nystrom’s style of play can be read into his penalty minutes. He is a gritty player, he is not afraid to get involved, but he also does not hit the ice looking for a fight or a cheap shot. In 2011-12, Nystrom only had 24 penalty minutes in 74 games (while scoring 16 goals). In 2010-11, he had 30 in 82. In each of the last three seasons, Nystrom has ranked in the top 50 in the NHL in hits. For the most part, Nystrom has managed to throw his body without getting himself in too much trouble. However, a few years ago there was a questionable hit on the Penguins’ Kris Letang that left Letang with a concussion. Nystrom earned no suspension for that hit. In the 2011 preseason, Nystrom was trying to beat Edmonton’s Taylor Fedun to a puck to beat out an icing and ended up hitting Fedun awkwardly enough that Fedun broke his leg. Nystrom did not earn a suspension for that hit either, but some believe it played a part in Minnesota’s decision to waive him before the season. David Poile often touts the need in Nashville for “Tootoo-ish” players, obviously referencing the style of play of former Predator Jordin Tootoo who was known for having only one gear when he hit the ice – all out. The style of play that Barry Trotz and David Poile seem to praise most often come from the likes of hard-working, smart, gritty players with a little bit of meanness like Scott Nichol, Jerred Smithson and Nystrom’s former teammate Vernon Fiddler. This style of play is what Poile and Trotz like to call “Predators hockey”. On July 5, Nystrom signed a 4-year, $10 million deal with the Predators. Poile specifically referenced Nystrom’s arrival as Nashville regaining the “Predators hockey” identity that the team seemed to lack in the 2012-13 season. “I think I fit the mold really well (in Nashville),” Nystrom said upon his signing. “I know that they are an honest, hard-working team. Anybody I’ve known that’s played for Barry Trotz has had the highest regard for him as a coach. I knew that I could fit in here, have a really good role on the team and contribute and that my style of play would fit in well.” Nystrom has consistently been a strong, two-way player – particularly in the defensive end. With the addition of Matt Hendricks and the unexpected rise of Rich Clune, Nystrom should provide a perfect complement to what could be one of the meanest and most thunderous energy lines in the NHL. Highlights Predators fans may remember Nystrom from this… Or this… – Photo Credit: Bridget Samuels The post Eric Nystrom is bringing gritty back appeared first on The Predatorial.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

Chip Kelly: Tim Tebow is here to compete for a job

Report: Nigel Williams-Goss transferring to Gonzaga

Philly store offering Eagles 'jersey insurance'

Chris Paul listed as questionable for Game 1 vs. Rockets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pacquiao had injured shoulder, considered postponing fight

Mayweather beats Pacquiao by unanimous decision

Did Evan Mathis respond to Chip Kelly's slight with barb?

WATCH: American Pharoah wins Kentucky Derby

Report: Rams trade RB Zac Stacy to Jets

Falcons draft pick's house burned down during draft

WATCH: Tony Allen walks through children performing, gets booed

Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods have broken up

WATCH: Two games end with baserunners hit by batted balls

WATCH: Damian Lilliard delivers great graduation speech

Jets do not envision Bryce Petty starting in 2015

Clippers beat Spurs on Chris Paul shot in Game 7

Jimmy Kimmel's Manny Pacquiao T-shirt goes viral

Big fight packs airport, leaves no room for planes

Pete Carroll discusses Russell Wilson's contract status

Jim Harbaugh not happy Lou Holtz is out at ESPN

Cubs fans want Harry Caray video for seventh inning stretch

Winners and losers from the NFL draft

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

Winners and losers from the NFL draft

Report: Zac Stacy traded to Jets

Hardy apologizes for joke about 9/11

Jerry Jones sends letter to Pacquiao

Mayweather bans Beadle, Nichols

WATCH: A-Rod fights back tears

A-Rod hits 660th home run, ties Willie Mays

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.