Alexander Nylander

by marcusgriep on April 16, 2018

Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Alexander Nylander

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 179

Born: 1998-03-02

Hometown:  Calgary, AB

Drafted: Buffalo, eighth overall 2016






April 2018 – After missing a small chunk of games at the beginning of the season, Nylander had another lacklustre season notching 27 points in 51 games, scoring eight goals. Not to worry though, Nylander will only get better as he hones his skill. The highlight of Nylander's season came late in the year when he scored his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on one of his 3 NHL games near the end of the season. He tipped a heavy shot from the point using some of his very good hand eye coordination. Next year, Nylander hopes to break out of the AHL and play in the NHL full time with Buffalo. Marcus Griep

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.



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