Well, the Fabian Brunnstrom era is over (for now at least). The kid never got a shot with his first stint, but hopefully proves himself in Grand Rapids and gets another shot.
But we can start the anticipation, because the Gustav Nyquist era is just beginning. He's been called up from the Griffins and will skate in Tuesday's game against the Wild. And not the 8:09 minutes of ice time on the fourth line that Brunnstrom had, but from the sounds of it, he's going to get top two line treatment.
He's done well with the Griffins, scoring 4 goals, 5 assists for 9 points in 9 games. He's a plus one in that time. He's not as young as some of the other rookies, as he's 22, which is almost a veteran for the AHL.
“He had a good training camp, he's playing real well in the AHL, we need to score some goals,'' general manager Ken Holland said. "He's 23, he's played three years of college, he's a little bit older. We'll see what he can bring.''After scoring goals almost at will in the first few games, the well has dried up. Let's see what the kid's got. And Fabian, I look forward to reading about you putting the points up in GR.
Nyquist is playing with Mule and Bert on the 2nd line and playing on the 2nd PP Unit.
Not that I'm complaining - because I definitely think this is the way to go - but why didn't Brunstrom get the same opportunity? Babs kept saying that he was a top 6 forward, yet his one game was on the 4th line with Miller and Eaves and no PP time.
Not a big deal but would have liked to see Fabian do his thing up here to see what he's got.