With the NHL lockout enduring, at least for the time being, the American Hockey League's quality of competition has been elevated due to the increased number of talented players in the league. On the prospect front, here are some notes and thoughts on a few key prospects early in the AHL season:
Gustav Nyquist, RW, Detroit Red Wings
"Playing above and beyond," "Doesn't belong in this league" and "A man amongst boys" -- those are just some of the things I've heard when asking scouts about Nyquist's play so far. Tied for second in AHL scoring, Detroit's 2008 fourth-round pick has displayed the high level of skill scouts have grown accustomed to seeing from Nyquist going back to his time at the University of Maine. With his combination of puck skills, vision and overall offensive hockey sense to go along with an ability to consistently create chances at the pro level thus far, Nyquist will likely push for quality NHL ice time right away when the league reopens.
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