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Alexander Nylander
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Born 2 March 1998 (1998-03-02) (age 21)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2016
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2015–present

Alexander Nylander (born Alexander Maximiliam Michael Junior Nylander Altelius on born March 2, 1998) is a Canadian-born Swedish ice hockey player who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected 8th overall by the Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

He is the son of former NHL forward Michael Nylander and the younger brother of William Nylander (who plays in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs).

Playing CareerEdit

Major Junior Playing CareerEdit

Alexander was selected 12th overall by the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League at the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

On September 5, 2015, he committed to Steelheads with his father joining as assistant coach. Alexander's reasons for joining include being close to his brother William and to have the chance to play the Canadian style of hockey.

In his only season with the Steelheads, Alexander led all rookies in scoring, and was awarded both the Emms Family Award as OHL Rookie of the Year and CHL Rookie of the Year.

Leading up to the NHL draft, he was ranked the No. 3 North American skater & was described as a dynamic offensive player with a great shot and playmaking ability.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

Alexander was selected 8th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. On July 15, 2016, the Sabres signed him to a three-year entry-level contract.

On April 3, 2017, Alexander was called up to the NHL for the first as he played for 14:28 in a 4-2 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After playing in four games, he was re-assigned back to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

The Sabres assigned Nylander to their AHL affiliate before finalizing their roster for the 2017–18 season; however, he suffered a lower-body injury in mid-September during the Buffalo Sabres' first prospect game, causing him to miss the rest of the training camp and the beginning of the 2017–18 AHL season.

He returned to the lineup on 17 November 2017, for a game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Despite a slow start, Alexander was called up to the NHL on April 3, 2018. He recorded his first career NHL goal on April 6, 2018 in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After the Sabres failed to qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, he was reassigned to the AHL.

On July 9, 2019, Alexander was traded by the Sabres to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for fellow first-rounder Henri Jokiharju.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 AIK J20 42 15 25 40 12 2 0 1 1 0
2014–15 AIK Allsv 3 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 2 0
2015–16 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 57 28 47 75 18 6 6 6 12 2
2016–17 Rochester Americans AHL 65 10 18 28 6
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 1 1 0
2017–18 Rochester Americans AHL 51 8 19 27 10 3 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Rochester Americans AHL 49 12 19 31 12
2018–19 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 2 2 4 4
NHL totals 19 3 3 6 4

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2014 Sweden U17 Template:Brca 6 2 5 7 0
2015 Sweden IH18 Template:Sica 5 2 4 6 6
2016 Sweden WJC18 Template:Sica 7 3 8 11 0
2016 Sweden WJC 4th 7 4 5 9 0
2017 Sweden WJC 4th 7 5 7 12 0
2018 Sweden WJC Template:Sica 7 1 6 7 2
Junior totals 32 14 27 41 8

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Template:Ihj
Men's ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championship
Silver 2016 United States

At the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Helsinki, Alexander led the Swedish team in points with four goals and five assists.

Team Sweden finished fourth at the tournament.

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