Gustav Nyquist would have an NHL spot already locked up on most teams.
The speedy Swedish wing, who turned 24 Sept. 1, has a skill set that might make him a top-six forward on a number of teams. He's been an elite scorer at every level but the NHL, and conventional thinking suggests all he needs to score there is an extended opportunity.
The problem is that he's with the Detroit Red Wings, a team with a logjam of forwards, most of whom are veterans. After Detroit general manager Ken Holland signed free agent forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss this summer, then retained veteran Daniel Cleary unexpectedly as training camp started, the picture for Nyquist got a lot foggier.
It's not impossible for him to stay in Detroit to start the season, but it's far from sure.