Gus Nyquist Has Rebounded Nicely To Show A Lot Of Value For The Blue Jackets A Year Removed From Injury

By Will Chase on March 11, 2022 at 1:45 pm
Gus Nyquist playing the puck in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.
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Have we talked much about Gus Nyquist?

As we wind down the 2021-22 NHL regular season, Nyquist is a particular player for the Columbus Blue Jackets who's having a really nice season.

After missing all of last year's 56-game shortened season due to recovering from a torn labrum, the 32-year-old Swede had to be eager to get back on the ice and prove he's still got it.

In what's only his second season on the ice for the Blue Jackets, Nyquist has nearly the offensive output he displayed in his first year with Columbus in 2019-20 (42 points: 15 goals, 27 assists) as this year with 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) through 57 games.

Additionally, Nyquist has taken over for Cam Atkinson in the short-handed goal department, leading the club with four this season. Prior to this season, guess how many he had?

One, and you guessed it, with the Jackets in 19-20.

Nyquist is interesting as he has a cap hit of $5.5 million through next season before he's a UFA again, at which case he'll be 33-years-old.

Not that there's been any concrete discussion, or any discussion at all, regarding even trading Nyquist. But there's an argument to be made that it's a logical idea.

Mark Scheig and Nicholas Arnold of The Hockey Writers and Union Junction podcast tackled that idea last month and mentioned Tyler Toffoli as a possible comparable. 

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