Monday, February 25, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Sharks acquire Nyqvist


               The San Jose Sharks have acquired winger Gustav Nyqvist from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2019 second round pick and a 2020 conditional third round pick. If the Sharks make the Stanley Cup finals, the third becomes a second. The Wings also retain 30% of Nyqvist's contract.

                I really like this trade for the Sharks. While teams like the Blue Jackets are paying high, the Sharks get a steal. I'd rather have Nyqvist than Mats Zuccarello, but the Stars potentially paid more for Zuccarello than the Sharks did for Nyqvist. Nyqvist is a top-six winger that will add to the Sharks' potent offense. He is a UFA at the end of this season.

                 Nyqvist, 29, has scored 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points in 62 games this year. The best year of his career came in 2014-15, when he scored 27 goals with 27 assists for 54 points in 82 games. In his career, all in Detroit, Nyqvist has scored 125 goals and 170 assists for 295 points in 481 games.

                 The Red Wings are rebuilding. Nyqvist is a UFA at the end of the season, so it makes sense to trade him. But, compared to other players that have been traded, the Wings sold low on Nyqvist. Potentially, they could only get two second round picks. That is less than the Senators got for Ryan Dzingel and what the Rangers got for Mats Zuccarello. They could have made it where they automatically get two seconds, not based off conditions.

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