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Player Name: Markus Nygren (Yeah that one scrub Lucas's other scrub brother)

Position: Right Wing (Aka White Ring #OldMemes)

Height: 6'7 (No this isn't basketball)

Weight: 230lb (Holy shit he's heavy)

Age: 32 (Old AS FUCK)

Favorite NHL Player Growing Up: Mats Sundin (Yeah bitch!)

Favorite Current NHL Player: Henrik Lundqvist (The King)

Favorite VHL Player: Odin Tordahl (The Beast)

Favorite VHL Team: Vasteras Iron Eagles (LOLNO)

Favorite VHL GM: @hedgehog337 (Most Underrated VHL GM of All Times)

Favorite Favorite: Favourite (Fav5)

 

 

 

If the great mythological Norse god Odin were to ever have a child that he would immediately forget, and would be long known as the son of a God who did absolutely nothing noteworthy, that son's name would be Markus Nygren. It's fitting to be writing a Rookie Profile for Nygren this far into his career because he's likely one of the only players in history who has consistently performed at a level of a rookie every season of his professional career. With a god-like amount of physical skills and abilities bestowed to him, Markus always felt destined to be a hockey player. He dominated in midget AAA, in juniors, and was a force at several International competitions. His speed, size and overall skating ability was a thing to behold even at an early age. For much of his teens and early adulthood Markus played for various minor league teams across Europe. This eventually lead to attention from NHL scouts and  while never officially drafted to the NHL, Markus did sign a NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. However Markus never suited up for more than pre-season games at the NHL level, and spent most of his 2 seasons in the NHL with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, before fizzling out professionally only to join the VHL almost a decade later, trying to recapture some of the magic he once had. In the AHL Markus played sparringly, while he had the physical abilities to perform scoring and offensive prowess remained elusive to Markus. He could dangle, and pass the puck well but his timing was always off, as he'd make great passes to unaware teammates, or teammates in a position to be defended. One attribute that kept him alive during and on the roster even at the AHL level was his physical play. It would sometimes even seem to ramp up, as Markus fell more into a goon role as he got frustrated with his own inability to make offense happen and lay on the body sometimes even getting 10 or 15 hits in a game. As the NHL evolved and your psychical assets had to also be able to put up points, Markus's quick stint in the NHL and "destiny" to be a hockey played fizzled out.

 

At the VHL level so many years later, Markus has still captured some of his old play, but in a bad way. Much of his early struggles in the VHLM in the two seasons he played in the minors Markus struggled offensively. While some of this could be blamed on some rust, it's also clear that Nygren continues to struggle with offensive timing and it has repeatedly affected his ability to stay consistent at any level. While still a physical threat, much of Markus's play has again been relegated to a support checking type role, as the player himself continues to be frustrated with his output on the ice from an offensive standpoint. To take a hard look at Markus's struggles at the VHL level one has to go no further than the offensive stats. With 45 points in 143 VHLM regular season games, and a staggering 26 points in 152 VHL regular season games; including a 10 point VHL rookie season that ranks among the lowest of the Devise player agencies players. Despite all this Markus was carried to a Continental Cup on a very good Seattle team in Season 71. However in regards to Markus the "eternal rookie" now entering his third VHL season and 4th season of his overall career one narrative remains constant; will this very capable and talented player ever put the chip on his shoulder and take that evolutionary step? Or will he instead be destined to be one of hockey's biggest shames?

 

 

Pros

 

Skating: Markus has always been a top tier skater. Much like a train once he gets some locomotion going he can pick up good speed. On top of that he also possesses some great agility for a man his size. He has an uncanny ability to skate and turn on a dime, and use his edges well to outmaneuver opposing players. 

 

Puck Handling: Markus has always been a deke first type of player, a skill that complimented him very well when he was young. Especially combined with his skating prowess. As an avid NHL fan Markus would practice and hone in all the fancy dekes he saw on TV, and at all levels of play he has shown an ability to take the puck and make the play into a dangerous area of the ice. 

 

Checking/Size: At 6 foot 7 there is no denying that Markus has the size to be a physical advantage on the ice. Markus tends to get more physical in a game the more frustrated he gets, and he has been known to be a devastating checker. He mixes it up with his checking play as well, looking for good defensive hits as much as he'll also pound down the wing on the forecheck trying to set a tone. He has also shown the tenacity to respond when teammates are targeted with his physical play, letting the other team know they are on watch. 

 

Cons

 

Scoring/Shooting: Can you hit the broadside of a barn? Even at a young age Markus struggled in one area, his shooting accuracy. It was a big reason he wasn't drafted to the NHL and later signed as a free agent. When it comes to shooting Markus could always put a lot on it, but never really find the net. Most of his goals came from pucks hitting him, or him using his puckhandling to score. His ability to take a great pass and then find the net on an open shot remains a weak spot, and he's often been seen frustrated after missing the net on breakways and other great scoring chances.

 

Offensive IQ/Instincts: The old adage is that he's "like a bull in a China shop." Usually that's a flattering analogy, as it dictates a physical presence and desire to go for it. But in this case it's a negative one. Markus simply can't read the offensive play as fast as it develops. This has lead to countless situations where he makes a great pass, a great deke, or in general a great individual play only to find he's turned the puck over as he put it into a dangerous position. Teammates have constantly slammed sticks or shown frustration with Markus as he passes it to them unaware, or keeps the puck too long and dekes himself into a position where he negates an offensive chance. 

 

Discipline: On top of his other faults Markus has been known to be a brat on the ice. Frustrated at himself just as much as his teammates can be at him, Markus will often just cross the edge and start taking intentional penalties. Opponents have leveraged this to their advantage several times, pushing Markus getting him easily frustrated and off his games. He has been a PIM machine because of this for much of his career, has shown some capacity to fight and in general has been referred to as effectively a great skating goon. 

 

 

 

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