Red Wings: A New Version of the "Eurotwins" Stepping Up Big in Playoffs

Garrett KolodziejContributor IIMay 9, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 30:  Damien Brunner #24 and Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings reach for the puck in front of the net with Ben Lovejoy #6 and Kyle Palmieri #51 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 30, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ever since they debuted as Red Wings in the early 2000s, the "Eurotwins", Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, has become one of the league's toughest tandems to stop. 

Together they have won a smattering of awards, including three Stanley Cups and many individual awards. In addition, they are premiere two way forwards who rank near the top in NHL scoring annually. 

In short, Zetterberg and Datsyuk have become key veterans in the transition during the last few seasons. 

As the Red Wings look to avoid tumultuous times as they move to the Eastern Conference, the Eurotwins will need even more help and a new tandem to give them protection in the lineup. 

Johan Franzen has picked up a larger workload but still fails to score goals at a high rate. Valtteri Filppula has dealt with his consistency and his pending UFA status is a concern for the future. While Justin Abdelkader has matured on the offensive side of his game, he creates mistakes and penalties at inopportune points. 

Luckily the eager youth on this team has brought a new life and energy, especially in the playoffs. 

Over the last four playoff games the youth on the Red Wings has had to learn on the fly about the rigors and mental tenacity of the playoffs. 

So far through four games the series against the Ducks has reflected their rollercoaster season. In what is now a best-of-three series, new faces have stepped up in a big way to help the Wings even up the series. 

Coach Mike Babcock's third line of Damien Brunner, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist has been the best line for the team in the postseason. Each of these players brings a different facet to the game but each has good speed and handles the puck well. 

Nyquist and Brunner are already making a case in these four games that they are the future for the Red Wings. They are the next "Eurotwins" tandem. 

Unlike Z and Pavs, both players entered the league after developing for several years in the minor leagues. Nyquist was a prodigy at the University of Maine and became an All-Star in Grand Rapids. 

Meanwhile, Brunner played in Switzerland against international competition in lieu to his debut in Detroit in January. 

Both players are high output offensive players. Brunner has a better shot in the primary scoring lanes while Nyquist is more of a playmaker.

Nyquist and Brunner have also had their shining moment in the playoff by scoring game winning goals in overtime to extend the series. 

With a full season including training camp, it is possible that these two can become elite players in this League. 

But for now these young players are learning the ropes of the postseason life in the NHL.

A postseason life that Nyquist and Brunner hope they will be able to witness for many years in their lengthy carers.