Free Agency

Blackhawks Need to Target These 3 Sharks Right Now

By Tony Gianares
SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 15, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on February 15, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images) /
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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

Gustav Nyquist is a name most Blackhawks’ fans should be familiar with. Nyquist played with the Detroit Red Wings for 7.5 seasons, before being traded to the San Jose Sharks this past February at the trade deadline.

I actually listed him as a target in my article from last month about potential UFA targets for the Blackhawks.

Nyquist has never been a dominant scorer, but he has scored 20+ goals in 4 of his 8 NHL seasons. Adding more scoring to the mix is never a bad idea though.

He also pushes the pace of the game and has strong possession numbers. There’s no question that he would be a welcome addition to the Blackhawks.

The nice thing about Gustav Nyquist is that he won’t break the bank. Evolving Wild projects a 6 year, $34.5 mil ($5.75 mil AAV) deal for him this offseason.

That’s relatively cheap for all that Nyquist provides and he is 29 years old. He actually posted a career-high 60 points this year, so there’s still at least a couple of prime years left in the tank.

Nyquist is a player who would mesh well with the current roster and help solidify the middle-6. He could potentially even see 1st line minutes alongside Jonathan Toews and a scorer, like newcomer Dominik Kubalik.

Potential 2019-20 lines:

Kubalik-Toews-Nyquist

DeBrincat-Strome-Kane

Saad-Anisimov-Sikura(RFA)

Perlini(RFA)-Kampf-Caggiula

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