Oliver Kylington

by Zachary DeVine on January 7, 2017

Oliver Kylington - Photo Courtesy of thehockeyhouse.net

 

Oliver Kylington, LD

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 174

Born: 1997-05-19

Hometown: Stockholm, SWE

Drafted:  2nd round 2015 by Calgary, 60th overall

 

 

Observations:

Jan 2017 - You shouldn't be surprised that Kylington led defensive scoring for Sweden with four points in seven games. His abilities were on display in full as he skated past the forecheck and made simple plays once he created a quality zone entry. He also tried to do too much by putting himself in high traffic decisions and making poorly placed passes which led to scoring chances against. While he possesses higher offensive ceilings than most, you'll have to be patient. - Joel Henderson

 

Dec 2016 - Kylington has made WJC Team Sweden. Last year, Sweden went with an older defensive roster while some hoped Kylington would be part of it then. This is his chance. As far as fantasy owners go, you need to grab Kylington if he is still available before others get to see how much he's developed a pro game. - Joel Henderson

 

October 2016 - Kylington was among the youngest players in the AHL last year but soldier through a 47 game campaign with 12 points. Kylington looks noticeably thicker this year, which should help him immensely. At times, being an 18-year-old defender playing against experienced men in the AHL, Kylington struggled. The added weight, experience and some additional firepower with the Stockton Heat will all help Kylington. His skating and puck-moving ability make him an ideal transitional defenseman in today’s NHL. Kylington is likely a year or two away from being a regular contributor for the Flames but is a player for the future for the club.  Zachary Devine

 

Oct 2016 - He was assigned to Stockton on Oct 3 along with a bulk of other prospects who had decent camps. The hype continues to grow for Kylington as he showed his dynamic and consistent offensive abilities in the prospect tournament in Penticton. The skill continues to be evident and I would expect a jump in his AHL numbers this season. While that aspect of his game is NHL ready, Flames will be patient and allow his play on the defensive side of the puck to continue to improve. - Joel Henderson

 

Apr 2016 - The Rookie of the Year for Stockton has been named Oliver Kylington. In his first NHL game, fans got a glimpse of his speed and ability to transition the puck or jump into the offense. They also got a window into him losing defensive responsibilities and turnovers while trying to be too fancy. He gets knocked off the puck too easily and need to put on that pro body weight and improve balance. His offensive ability is dynamic and he made great strides. Calgary Flames fans should be happy with the first pro year from this draft slider. - Joel Henderson

 

Feb 2016 - Kylington continues to miss games due to an upper body injury. The information on the injury seems to be slim and nobody is talking about it. With call ups, Kylington is missing out on quality PP time and significant minutes. He had been having a solid first pro season before the injury. Expect that he is "week to week". - Joel Henderson

 

Dec 2015 - He has not been named to Team Sweden. Sweden has decided to go with older talent to be a quarterback of the powerplay and offensive catalyst. Oliver now has five points in fourteen games and it's been reported that he's already added ten pounds in muscle. One of his goals is obviously to continue to get stronger. If for some reason he's still available in your prospect filled keeper league, that's silly. - Joel Henderson

 

Oct 2015 - In his first game as a member of the Heat, he grabbed an even strength goal and a powerplay assist. It's encouraging to see him get some secondary powerplay time. The more of that he can grab, the better for him. - Joel Henderson

 

Sept 2015 - Coaching staff has assigned Kylington to Stockton and ends the discussion of where he will play for the upcoming season. The hype remains high on him as he sees how his skills translate to a pro game. They must have decided that going to the WHL would be a step down, and I agree that this will help his development as he learns pro discipline. - Joel Henderson 

 

August 2015 - He has been selected by Team Sweden to play at the 4 Nations Tournament in Russia. - Joel Henderson

 

July 2015 – Flames have signed Kylington to an ELC and there has been much speculation about where he will play next season. Currently, if he does not make the Calgary Flames opening roster, he needs to be optioned back to AIK in Sweden. He was also selected by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2015 CHL Import Draft. Joel Henderson

 

June 2015 - Kylington may be this draft class's Anthony DeAngelo, but his one-dimensional game caused him to fall to almost the third round. The Flames selected him 60th overall. At least three years away. Dobber

 

February 2015 –With the uber-slick Oliver Kylington an NHL team is going to land a future powerplay quarterback who is a bit of an untamed horse at times. He packs an impressive offensive skill set featured around smooth four-way mobility, steady puck skills and an above-average shot. At the next level, he’ll need to show that he can execute safe plays and not opt for the “homerun” play every time so that he can be trusted in all situations.Kylington is one of the best skating defensemen to come around in quite some time and it’s the basis of his tantalizing offensive attacks. He lacks ideal size and strength will always be a challenge but his ability to identify holes and exploit them with his feet are impressive. He owns a booming point shot and is very confident unleashing one-timers. His defensive game is a work in progress and it will never be an area of strength so he will always need to be paired with a reliable defense partner in order for Kylington to maximize his offensive skills. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook:   B-

From a fantasy perspective (points-based), Kylington is the crown jewel of the 2015 defense draft class but there are bound to be some growing pains as he learns to round out his defensive game to a level where he can be trusted.

 

Footage:

Oliver Kylington scores his first of the 2014-15 season vs Djurgarden:

 

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