Alexander Nylander

by Max Marko on December 22, 2017

[caption id="attachment_9994" align="alignnone" width="580"]Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images[/caption]

Alexander Nylander

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 179

Born: 1998-03-02

Hometown:  Calgary, AB

Drafted: Buffalo, eighth overall 2016

 

 

 

 

Observations:

December 2017 – Nylander’s season got off to a late start missing the first couple of months of the season with a lower body injury. While his stat line may be uninspiring with just two goals and four assists in 16 games, he’ll still just 19 and is only among a handful of teenagers playing in the AHL. There may also be some lingering effects of the injury, whatever it was, so don’t get too down with the perceived lack of production. He was recently loaned to team Sweden for the World Junior Championships, a no-brainer move since it’s being held in his future home and, between him and Mittelstadt, it will give Sabres fans something to cheer about which has been a rare occurrence this year. Having already dominated on the scoresheet at this tournament as a 17 and 18 year-old, the sky is the limit in his third go-round. Brad Phillips

April 2017 – Although Alex made his NHL debut at the end of the season and impressed many, strength is in need of improvement. As General Manager Tim Murray discussed during his end of season conference, Nylander has the speed and skill to succeed in the NHL. His hands are quick and flutters perfect saucer passes effortlessly, but his strength on and off the puck needs to be developed more. Max Marko

 

January 2016 –  Alex thrived at the 2017 World Junior Championship with Team Sweden. He finished tied for the lead in points with 12 alongside Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov. Nylander brought speed and offensive talent to Team Sweden and stood up for himself better compared to last year, which was brought on by year in the AHL with the Rochester Americans. Max Marko

 

July 2016 – Alex Nylander has signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. The contract is worth $5.325M in total, which ends up being $1.775M cap hit with performance bonuses, $975K without. Paul Zwambag

 

June 2016 – As the hosts of the 2016 NHL entry draft, the Sabres waited until their eighth overall selection, then wasted no time naming the young playmaking winger. Buffalo fans can expect more of the same high-end talent from the same genes that make his brother William so talented and provide Maple Leaf fans with much hope. Mark Allan

 

February 2016 – Hockey bloodlines run deep in this year’s OHL draft class and Nylander is a familiar name. Brother of William Nylander of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Alex is a similarly skilled offensive winger. He has fast hands, quick feet and a great shot. While slightly undersized by pro standards, he has begun showing signs of engaging in the physical side of the game but still needs to add some weight and strength. As he continues to develop physically and adjust to the North American game, expect his dynamic offensive skill set to continue to breakthrough and for Nylander to dominate the OHL. Peter Harling

 

February 2016 – The entire hype heading into the World Junior for Sweden was around his brother William of the Toronto Maple Leafs. But when William went down in the first game, it was Alex who rose to the occasion and helped carry the offensive load scoring nine points in seven games. Nylander may be the most highly skilled player in the entire draft, let alone from the OHL. Peter Harling

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: A

Top-six scoring winger.

 

 

Footage:

Alex Nylander Draft Profile

 

 

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