I'm not really fond of comparisons between rookies and star players, but I completely agree with everyone on the comparisons to Datsyuk, which is why I wanted to make this post to pose this question: Is it just me, or does anybody else get confused sometimes on who's out on the ice when you can't see the numbers? I swear, at times Nyquist has a similar posture to Datsyuk when he has the puck until I see it's #14. Is Nyquist bowl-legged by any chance? You can tell he's a sponge and seeing what Dats is doing, what's working and what's not. I'm excited for this kid in the future.
IMHO - you are absolutely right about mistaking one for the other on the ice sometimes, as this exact thing has also unexpectedly happened to me several times. I have begun to think of Nyquist as "Datsyuk-Lite", in that maybe this is a peek at the beginnings of the upward trajectory of a possible future star, with the hockey charisma of a Datsyuk or Zetterberg. I think that they (Gus and Dats) both have a very similar looking skating base, and turn, cut, stop, and dangle in very similar ways at times. Maybe Dats' style is something that Gus emulates, either consciously or unconsciously.
BTW - not to take this off topic, but as a New York based Red Wings fan, I am in seventh heaven seeing the Wings go as far as where they are now, and can't help but get excited about the fact that Gus, Anderson, Brunner, Smith, and Kindl are finally gelling to give us a taste of what might be an incredibly bright future for us when the other over-ripened kids coming down the pike also join the team. Maybe Kenny was right, after all!