MOLINE, IL – There’s no question the Quad City Mallards have struggled on the offensive side of the puck as they have scored the fewest amount of goals (49) in the entire league just 21 games into the 2017-18 season. They’ve further addressed that issue this afternoon with the announcement that veteran forward Gergo Nagy has signed to return for his second stint in the Quad Cities. He’ll occupy the Mallards’ fourth and final veteran slot, joining Chris Francis, Jamie Tardif, and Garrett Klotz in that category.
Nagy first came to the Mallards back during the 2013-14 campaign when the flock were members of the now-defunct Central Hockey League. He was among the Mallards’ best offensive producers ranking second on the team in goals, assists, and points. In 64 games, he collected 54 points (20 goals, 34 assists).
The Hungarian forward began the season in his homeland, skating in ten games with MAC Budapest, totaling six points (one goal, five assists) in the process. However, back on October 20th, he left his team in Budapest to pursue opportunities in North America, leading up to his return to the Mallards.
Before now, Nagy has only played one other season in the ECHL, coming back during the 2014-15 run where he skated in 56 appearances with the Kalamazoo Wings, accumulating 18 goals and 36 assists, which were good for 54 points on the year and the team lead in assists. He’s also seen game action in eight contests up in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves, tallying two assists.
About 95% of his career has been spent overseas in Europe, seeing time in Hungary and Austria. He’s represented his native land at the international level on multiple occasions on both the World Cup, and World Juniors stages.
A team that didn’t exactly have a lot of firepower up front slowly seems to be coming together. For the longest time, Sam Warning was doing just about all of the work himself, and now he’s got reinforcements. First the Mallards brought back Francis off an injury, whose a 60+ point guy in this league, Justin Kovacs is close to coming off of injured reserve, and now Nagy returns. Slowly, but surely the pieces to having a reliable offense are coming together, it’ll just be a matter of making them all fit.
As of now, the Mallards sit in the cellar of the Central Division, sitting seven points back of fourth place Kansas City for that last playoff spot. They’ll embark on a three-in-three road trip beginning on Thursday night in Indy, and a Friday and Saturday night affair in Cincinnati. If there was ever a good time to gain some ground and inch back into the playoff picture, it’d be now. Seven of the next eight games will be split between the Cyclones and Fort Wayne Komets, who are second and third in the division respectively. This could be a season defining stretch of games that’ll have either one of two endings: right in the mix for a playoff spot or so far out of the race, Ricky Bobby only has one thing to say to you…