Wearing #13 in a uniform that resembles the Red Wings’ whites in every facet except for the logo on the front and pulling off a nifty move in a shootout will have Wings fans yearning for Pavel Datsyuk. But instead of Datsyuk on the Joe Louis Arena ice, it came from Gustav Nyquist on the Van Andel Arena ice in Grand Rapids.
Nyquist would most likely be playing for the Wings (and wearing a different number) but for the greedy owners and players’ association. He’s putting in his time with the Grand Rapids Griffins, the Wings’ AHL affiliate, making goalies look silly. In a game over the weekend, he worked over Toronto Marlies goalie Ben Scrivens with a spin-a-roo in the shootout.
Nyquist leads the Griffins with 29 points through 30 games.