In his four years as a Michigan Wolverine, his best came in his freshmen and senior seasons. In his first year under Red Berenson’s tutelage, Nystrom tallied 31 points (18G, 13A) in 40 games and was named to the CCHA ALL-Rookie Team. Following average sophomore and junior seasons, Nystrom’s senior year saw him record 32 points (13G, 19A) in 38 games helping the Wolverines claim yet another CCHA championship.
2005-06: Eric, the son of four time Stanley Cup winner Bob Nystrom, began his professional career in the AHL with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights. In 78 games with the farm club he scored 33 points (15G, 18A). Eric would also make his NHL debut with the Flames playing in two games for Calgary.
2006-07: This was a difficult year the product of Syosset, New York, as his development experienced a slight hitch due to shoulder problems. Nystrom would suit up for Omaha just twelve times and only light the lamp twice.
2007-08: This year Eric has spent most of his time up with the Calgary Flames, playing fourth line minutes. Discounting the games he’s been a healthy scratch, Eric has chipped in with six points (1G, 5A). He unfortunately suffered a broken jaw on Jan. 11, 2008, which sidelined him for a few games. When he has been reassigned to Quad City this season at various times this year, he has seven points (4G, 3A) in 18 games.
A strong two way player, who possesses good hockey sense. He works very hard, but because he is not a genuine scoring threat he needs to bring a more consistent energy level to each game to contribute to the Flames.
Based on his performance thus far this season, expect to see his role stay the same for next year. Look for the 6’1, 204 winger to play a more consistent role on the Flames fourth line next season.