DETROIT >>There will indeed be six Swedes on the Wings’ roster participating at the Winter Olympics.
Gustav Nyquist was added to Sweden’s roster to replace Johan Franzen, who withdrew from the Winter Games last week.
“It would be a lot of fun to go with all of these Swedes in this room, to go to Sochi and to represent your country in the Olympics is, would be something special, and I would be really excited for it,” Nyquist said before learning the news after the team’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena.
Nyquist joins Henrik Zetterberg, Daniel Alfredsson, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Jonas Gustavsson on Sweden’s roster.
“He’s always been good, always created a lot of stuff, now he’s just putting up the points, too,” said Zetterberg, who’s the team captain. “It’s fun to see, he works hard, does a lot of good things. He’s got the right mindset, it’s a lot of fun to play with him and Abby and it’s fun to see him scores some goals.”
Nyquist made a strong case for it coming off his first career hat trick.
“Yeah, I guess it was good timing,” Nyquist said of his hat trick. “But again, I try not to think about it too much. They’re going to make the decision and I can only do my best over here to play as good as possible. I don’t know what they’re thinking for a replacement, what type of player they’ll need, or something like that, so we’ll see what happens and we’ll all know by the end of the day.”
Nyquist has eight goals and four assists in his last eight games.
“The puck’s finding me, I guess, but also look at a couple goals I get, passes Z makes, they’re pretty good passes,” Nyquist said. “Obviously it helps to play with him and Abby. Abby does a great job for our line, he’s always first on the forecheck, he’s a big body and he wins so many pucks for us. My linemates are a huge part of that.”
He has 13 goals in only 30 games this season.