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5 Forwards the Blackhawks Should Be Targeting in Free Agency

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 31: Artemi Panarin
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SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 10: Gustav Nyquist #14 of the San Jose Sharks takes a shot on goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 10, 2019 in San Jose, California (Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 10: Gustav Nyquist #14 of the San Jose Sharks takes a shot on goal against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 10, 2019 in San Jose, California (Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Gustav Nyquist

Blackhawks fans should be pretty familiar with Gustav Nyquist. He played with the Detroit Red Wings for 8 seasons before being shipped to the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline this season. Nyquist is a solid two-way forward who would really help solidify the Blackhawks middle-6.

This season, Gustav Nyquist set a new career high in points. He finished with 60 points (22G, 38A) and a 1 ± rating in 81 games while splitting time with Detroit and San Jose. The addition of Nyquist really helped solidify the Sharks’ top-9. In the playoffs, he has been playing on the top line alongside Timo Meier and Logan Couture and on the 2nd power play unit.

I feel like Nyquist could play the same role with the Blackhawks. Defense is the most glaring need on this team. The defensemen are not playing good defense and the forwards are also lacking in defensive talent. That’s where Nyquist comes in and helps reduce the defensive liabilities.

He is currently on the final year of a 4-year, $19 mil ($4.75 mil AAV) contract, so you can expect him to receive a slight bump on his next deal. I can see Gustav Nyquist landing in the $5.5-6.5 mil AAV range.

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