What happened to this kid during the last few weeks? I realize you're not going to score a goal every game, but to completely fall apart offensively was shocking and disconcerting.
Is it because as someone mentioned, Datsyuk returned, and Nyquist somehow let up? Maybe, but if anything, he should have had less attention on him after Datsyuk returned. But the two events do seem to coincide.
Was it the line combos changing? I thought Nyquist had good chemistry with Legwand and Franzen, but Babcock decided to play each one on a different line (all of which didn't work). I think that contributed heavily to all three players struggling in the playoffs (thanks Mike).
Is it because we played a big, physical team like Boston? Very likely, but that's not going to change. We have to play in the same division as them now. Also, his drop off started before the playoffs, so it wasn't just Boston.
Or is it because he was hurt (the typical LGW playoff disappearing excuse) Always tough to know who is or isn't hurt because of how much secrecy teams keep, but that's a possibility as well.
It does remind me of Datsyuk disappearing in the playoffs in 2004 and 2006. Albeit, Pavel was a better player at that time than Nyquist is now.
Of course, I realize few very players played well for Detroit during the playoffs, so it's not just Nyquist. All the young players struggled in the postseason. But still, with the kind of play he showed us after the Olympics, his drop off was the most surprising of all.
I hope he can put this behind him and step up in the future.